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- The chief public information officer for the Indiana State Police said this claim is inaccurate. The agency is currently hiring, but former Chicago police officers would have to apply and complete the academy for new recruits like everyone else before they’re hired.
- On Oct. 20, another spokesperson for Indiana State Police tweeted encouraging Chicago officers to apply but did not offer to hire them.
About two dozen Chicago police officers have been sent home without pay for refusing to report their vaccination status, according to news reports, but a screenshot of a tweet being shared on social media perhaps brought welcome news to those opposed to the city’s vaccine mandate.
"BREAKING REPORT," says the tweet from Chuck Callesto, a former Florida congressional candidate. "Indiana State Police offers to hire Chicago officers who REFUSE TO COMPLY with vax mandate."
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Capt. Ronald Galaviz, chief public information officer for the Indiana State Police, told PolitiFact that the post is inaccurate. The agency is hiring, he said, and "the application process is open to anyone who wishes to apply for a career with the Indiana State Police."
That could, of course, mean a former Chicago police officer, but they would have to apply and complete the necessary academy and training before they’re hired, just like everyone else, Galaviz said.
On Oct. 20, another spokesperson for the department, Sgt. Glen Fifield, tweeted: "Hey Chicago police officers, we’re hiring! No vaccine mandate."
A day earlier, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun tweeted something similar: "My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate."
But that doesn’t support the claim that Indiana State Police has offered to hire Chicago officers who refuse to get vaccinated.
We rate this post False.
Instagram post, Oct. 21, 2021
Chuck Callesto tweet, Oct. 21, 2021
ABC 7, Chicago police officers opposed to city worker vaccine mandate gather at CPD HQ, Oct. 26, 2021
City of Chicago, City of Chicago employee vaccination policy, visited Oct. 27, 2021
The Hill, Indiana recruiting unvaccinated Chicago officers, Oct. 21, 2021
Sne. Mike Braun tweet, Oct. 19, 2021
Interview with Capt. Ronald Galaviz, chief public information officer, Indiana State Police, Oct. 27, 2021
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