Governor Scott with Police Chiefs in Hialeah. Photo from Scott Campaign

Marking the first time their organization has endorsed a candidate running for federal office, the Florida Police Chiefs Association is supporting Governor Rick Scott’s campaign for the United States Senate.

The Association, which includes more than 900 of the state’s municipal police chiefs, praised Scott for his leadership in backing law enforcement officers, fighting for additional resources and standing with them in times of crisis.

“Governor Rick Scott is a true friend and partner to law enforcement across the state and it is an honor to offer our endorsement of his bid for the U.S. Senate, said Ann Mercer, Executive Director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association. “Today’s endorsement is a historic milestone for the Florida Police Chiefs Association as the first endorsement of a candidate for U.S. Senate. Governor Scott has demonstrated leadership in the face of immense challenges over the past seven and a half years, and unlike many career politicians in Washington, when Governor Scott makes a commitment, he follows through.”

The police chiefs join 55 of Florida’s sheriffs in endorsing Governor Scott and building what his campaign calls the Florida Strong Coalition.

“It has been an honor to partner with Florida law enforcement during my time as governor to keep our families, visitors and communities safe, and I am proud to accept the unprecedented endorsement of the Florida Police Chiefs Association today,” said Governor Scott. “The Florida Police Chiefs Association and Florida’s law enforcement officials have worked nonstop to protect our state, even in the face of extreme challenges, which has helped Florida’s crime rate reach a 47-year low. I look forward to continuing to work together to bring our focus on public safety to Washington.”