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What is a ‘Blue Alert’?

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If you Google “Blue Alert” the first results you’ll find will be the title of a jazz album, or a company called Code Blue that produces “mass notification systems.”

But there’s a buzz on Capitol Hill to have an official national alert put in place to notify everyone statewide that an officer has been harmed or killed in the line of duty. The plan is to call it a “Blue Alert”:

[Mississippi] Senator David Blount proposed what’s called a statewide “Blue Alert System.”

The Blue Alert would notify law enforcement in other jurisdictions that a felon is on the run after seriously injuring or killing another officer.

The Mississippi Center for Police Chiefs and Sheriffs held a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday notifying others of Senate Bill 2413.

However, the legislation does not propose using the alert system for a civilian.

Blount says eventually this system could reach this point.

“Many other states have done this with law enforcement. There’s now legislation in the United States Congress modeled after this to try to bring all states together,” Blount said. “And once we have a communication system in place, then we can look at expanding it to other crimes.”

The “Blue Alert System” is modeled after the Amber Alert System, which is used for children and seniors when they are missing.

So far the alert is only set up in a few states (Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Colorado and California).

What’s it going to take to get this to become a national model?

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Written by traumalines

February 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

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