BLUE Alerts are designed to assist in the capture of violent criminals who are at large in society.
About three-fourths of the US states use the alerts, which rely on the public to help out whenever possible.
What is a Blue Alert?
Following along the lines of an Amber Alert for missing children, or a Silver Alert for missing senior citizens, a Blue Alert will go out to aid in the apprehension of criminals who kill or seriously injure local, state, or federal law enforcement officers.
The National Blue Alert system allows for communication between law enforcement, transportation, and news, social, and wireless media to inform the media and the public when someone who killed or seriously injured an officer is on the run.
As of August 2021, 36 states have implemented the Blue Alert system beginning with Florida and Texas in 2008, with New Jersey and Iowa signing up in 2020.
The National Blue Alert Foundation also supports families of those who lost their lives on duty.
The system was created and first implemented in Florida in May 2008.
By 2015, Congress passed the National Blue Alert Act, which instructed the Department of Justice to create a national Blue Alert communication system.
Why is there a Blue Alert in Texas?
A Blue Alert was issued in Texas on August 16, 2021, after Deputy Chip Wood was shot in the chest while he was trying to carry out a traffic stop in Jelly.
Cops are on the lookout for a four-door white Cadillac that the gunman is believed to have driven away in.
In June 14, 2021, a Blue Alert was issued for 43-year-old Royce Wood, who was accused in the shooting of a police officer in Wise County during a traffic stop.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the shooting took place on the evening of June 13, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Police arrested Wood in the early hours of June 24 in Batesville, Arkansas, following a tip off from U.S. Marshals and local police.
Blue Alerts have been active in the state of Texas since Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order in 2008.
Who are Blue Alerts sent to?
Blue Alerts are sent to the public and offer real-time information about a crime that’s taken place against a law enforcement officer.
The alert system allows officials to alert the public about the location of an incident and any identifying information – such as a suspect or vehicle description.
They’ll be transmitted to TV and radio station then later to cellphones and wireless devices.
Blue Alerts allow authorities to quickly disseminate information to other law enforcement agencies, the public, and media outlets.
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