Growing up with a mother who was a police officer, I learned at a very early age that fighting crime and fighting fires are some of the most dangerous jobs in America. The government should not enact laws that make responding to emergencies more dangerous. By providing our first responders with the proper funding, equipment and training, we are helping these heroes come home safely each day. This past legislative session, I demonstrated my staunch commitment to public safety by voting to provide full funding for Florida’s sworn officers. I even supported the raising of certain traffic fines in order to provide long over due salary increases to our troopers in the Florida Highway Patrol. In addition, I also voted to protect funding for vital probation and security officers who work with offenders. I will ALWAYS support increased funding for our first line of defense and first responders. These brave men and women work tirelessly everyday to ensure that our neighborhoods are safe and our streets crime-free.