With the massive success of the Amber Alert program, legislation making its way through the Capitol would expand the program to police emergencies. The so-called Blue Alert would be triggered if a peace officer is killed or seriously injured. An electronic notification would go out using the current AMBER Alert system. Messages would be sent to the public on their cell phones, social media, and would be posted to MnDOT road signs. Electronic messages would also be sent via fax, email, and text messages to key members of the public such as media organizations, other law enforcement organizations, businesses, hospitals, and schools.
STATUS: The bill is in the Finance Committee. (S.F. 397)
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