In an effort to aid disseminate information approximately violent offenders, the Justice Department rolled out its National Blue Alert Network on Friday, providing a system comparable to Amber Alerts to quickly provides information approximately individuals who believe killed, injured or “pose an imminent threat” to police officers.
As piece of the Trump administration’s National Police Week, the Justice Department, along with the FCC and the Dept. of Homeland Security, announced during a press conference that the system is piece of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act, which was signed into law in May 2015. The legislation came after Ramos and Liu, two current York Police Department officers, were killed in a surprise attack in December 2014.
“Far too many ambush-style attacks believe an effect on officers and set them at risk,” acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio said. “Those who would slay or seriously harm law enforcement officers in the line of duty pose an inherently unique danger to total of us,”
Operating similar to Amber Alerts, Blue Alerts, which are currently available in 27 states, send out information approximately risky individuals through TV and radio broadcasts, as well as through mobile devices.
Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, hailed the creation of the Blue Alert system.
“It is impossible to degree the impact on our communities when an officer is killed in the line of duty,” Homan said. He added later that Friday’s launch was “a fine day for law enforcement.”