Blue Alert bill sails through Idaho Senate
BOISE, Idaho (CBS 2) —
A bill working its way through the Idaho Legislature right now would establish a statewide quick response system called the Blue Alert.
The Blue Alert program is a quick response system designed to issue and coordinate alerts following a violent attack upon a law enforcement officer.
Idaho is one of seven states that have yet to establish a Blue Alert.
The goal of a Blue Alert is to provide immediate information to the public about violent suspects via media broadcasts, and other notification resources to solicit help from the public in the safe and swift apprehension of the suspect.
"An attack on a law enforcement officer or the rule of law is an attack on the public in general," said Lt. Col. Sheldon Kelley, deputy director of the Idaho State Police.
Police say it is in the extreme interest of the public to catch such suspects as soon as possible because after killing or wounding a cop, these criminals may stop at nothing to get away.
The bill has unanimously passed the Senate and now moves to the House.