NAPO ENDORSES NATIONAL "BLUE ALERT" ACT OF 2013
Each day, more than 900,000 federal, state , and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. Tragically, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a police officer is injured or killed in the line of duty by a violent criminal. In such instances, the quick dissemination of important, time-sensitive information about suspected criminals is essential to keeping our communities safe. The National Blue Alert Act will encourage, enhance and integrate blue alert plan s throughout the United States in order to effectively disseminate information notifying law enforcement, media and the public that a suspect is wanted in connection with an attack on a law enforcement officer. A growing number of states (now 18) have established a Blue Alert system. However, there is no national Blue Alert system, nor is there a federal official designated to coordinate the Blue Alert program and share best practices among
Specifically, the National Blue Alert Act of2013 directs the Department of Justice to:
- Establish a national Blue Alert communications network within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, in coordination with federal, state, and local Blue Alert plans.
- Assign an existing DOJ officer to act as the national coordinator ofthe Blue Alert communications network. This coordinator will, among other things:
- Provide assistance to states and local governments that are using Blue Alert plans ;
- Establish voluntary guidelines for states and local governments to use in developing such plans;
- Ensure compliance with privacy laws and civil liberties protections;
- Develop protocols for efforts to apprehend suspects;
- Work with states to ensure appropriate regional coordination of various elements of the network;
- Act as the nationwide point of contact for the development of the network and the regional coordination of Blue Alerts through the network; and Determine and share what procedures and best practices are in use for notifying law enforcement and the public when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty
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Last Updated (Sunday, 22 September 2013 09:39)