Blue Alert

Texas One Step Closer to State-Wide Blue Alert System

Texas is one step closer to instituting a state-wide Blue Alert System to quickly share information about suspects involved in incidents where police officers are hurt or killed.

The Blue Alert System will operate in the same manner as the Amber Alert System which is used to notify citizens of missing children.

Texas Senate Bill 1138, if passed, will formally create a Blue Alert System at every police agency within the state of Texas.

SB 1138 has been co-sponsored by all 31 state senators. 

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Oklahoma Bill Would Make State the Latest to Adopt Blue Alert System

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A bill working it's way through the Oklahoma state legislature would make the Sooner State the 26th to adopt a statewide Blue Alert System.

The Blue Alert System, similar to public notification systems like the Amber or Silver Alert, uses public billboards and electronic signs to warn drivers and passersby of suspect information related to a killed or severely injured police officer.

25 states have already adopted the system with Florida being the first to do so in 2008.

Oklahoma FOP VP Mark Nelson, speaking of the need for a statewide Blue Alert System, said, "Anytime there's a person who's shown to be that violent and have that much disregard for life that they would assault or kill a law enforcement officer, there's really no telling what they'd do to the public."

The Oklahoma House unanimously passed the bill last week.

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