Assembly advances Thomson’s “Blue Alert” bill creating emergency alert system for missing or injured law enforcement officers

Assembly advances Thomson’s “Blue Alert” bill creating emergency alert system for missing or injured law enforcement officers

Edward H. Thomson

TRENTON, N.J. – Today the Assembly unanimously voted in favor of creating a “Blue Alert System” to help an attacked law enforcement officer and arrest the perpetrator.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Ned Thomson, the alert system would work similar to Amber Alerts for abducted children and Silver Alerts for missing seniors, which disseminates information via media broadcasting or electronic roadway signs.

“It is a priority to protect the people who protect us,” said Thomson (R-Monmouth). “The men and women in blue need to know that we have their backs, and will do everything in our power to capture criminals and bring them to justice.”

Under the bill (A2604), the Attorney General would create a voluntary and cooperative alert system between state and local law enforcement agencies and the media to push out a description of the missing officer or suspect with any other necessary information.

A national Blue Alert system was established in 2015 after two New York Police Department officers were shot and killed in their squad car in December 2014. More than 30 other states have implemented Blue Alerts, including Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland and Virginia.

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