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Obama Signs 'Blue Alert' Law to Protect Police

May 19, 2015  | 

The Blue Alert Act is named in honor of slain NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
The Blue Alert Act is named in honor of slain NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

President Obama has signed into law a measure that will require instant nationwide "Blue Alerts" to warn about threats to police officers and help track down the suspects who carry them out, reports USA Today.

The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 is named for the two New York Police Department officers killed in an ambush attack last December.

The law requires the Justice Department to create a notification system relating to assaults on police officers, officers who are missing in the line of duty, and credible treats against law enforcement. The system is modeled after Amber Alerts for abducted children and Silver Alerts for missing seniors.

"This was one of our top legislative priorities this session and is a significant development that will help protect the protectors of our communities," said Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). "This new system will provide valuable, timely, and location specific information regarding the serious injury and/or line of duty death of a law enforcement officer, while maintaining the anonymity of the law enforcement officer involved."

Comments (6)

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LT @ 5/19/2015 6:18 PM


Tone @ 5/19/2015 9:35 PM

Great job Mr. President. But unfortunately some will still criticize you for not doing more than that. Police officers need protecting too and that's very noble and understanding. Rightfully so. There are a wide spread of people who hate the police and disregard the hard work done to protect us all.

tom @ 5/20/2015 5:17 AM

More "feel good" legislation for those that will buy into it. What would be better is to actually prosecute, convict, and keep criminals in jail. Just look at the number of dead and injured police officers, by recently released convicts. Would this legislation actually have made a difference for Officers Ramos and Liu ? I appreciate any legislation that provides real increase safety for police officers. I just don't appreciate window dressing for a political reasons.

Kev Cop @ 5/20/2015 7:19 AM

Thanks Obama, we have that its called NCIC Knowing this administration this is set up to watch how we react when an officer is the victim, so the DOJ can arm chair quarterback and prosecute us later. Yes, Im cynical about this DOJ/administration, sorry.

Lt Dan @ 5/20/2015 12:17 PM

Section 4 B 3 (C) The national coordinator of the Blue Alert communications network shall develop protocols for efforts to apprehend suspects that address activities during the period beginning at the time of the initial notification of a law enforcement agency that a suspect has not been apprehended and ending at the time of apprehension of a suspect or when the law enforcement agency involved determines that the Blue Alert is no longer effective, including protocols regulating— INCIDENT REVIEW, EVALUATION, debriefing, and public information procedures;

Given the spirit of the DOJ based on recent actions, THIS CONCERNS ME!!!!

HRPufnstuf @ 5/20/2015 1:20 PM

Hey, here's an idea, Obama. Have your new lapdog, I mean, Attorney General, PROSECUTE every single instance of felons possessing, using, buying, selling firearms under the already existing Federal laws. You know, the ones that don't allow early release from their sentences? I thing that would go a LONG WAY toward reducing violent criminal activity, when violent criminals are already locked up.
No new laws needed, no responsible gun owners stripped of rights or arms. Just remove the ones breaking the law from society.

What a concept.

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