State sets aside funding to pay for police overtime and grief counseling after Orlando shootings
The state is hoping to set aside more than $3 million to help handle law enforcement overtime and crisis counseling in the aftermath of the terror attack in Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott announced on Wednesday.
Already the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has reserved $520,000 of grant money to help Orlando and Orange County pay for overtime pay for officers and equipment associated with Pulse nightclub shootings on Sunday. FDLE is also seeking $2 million in emergency funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to help with the costs.
"FDLE members statewide are working hard to support local law enforcement following the Pulse night club shooting," FDLE commissioner Rick Swearingen said.
In addition, the Florida Department of Childen and Families is sending $500,000 to help local providers with grief counseling, trauma support and emotional support for victims and their families.