The “Blue Alert” for law enforcement officers was patterned after the “Amber Alert” (children) and the “Silver Alert” (seniors). If a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured by an offender and the offender’s vehicle identification is known, an alert is broadcast.
Texas Department of Public Safety
Blue Alert Program
Blue Alert Request Form (PDF) [Law Enforcement Agency use only]
(Use this form to request activation of the Texas Blue Alert Network)
Blue Alert Information and Criteria (PDF)
Office of Texas Governor Rick Perry
Aug. 18, 2008
Gov. Perry Launches Program to Speed Apprehension of Criminals Who Harm Law Enforcement Officers
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today launched the Blue Alert network, pursuant to Executive Order RP 68. The program will enable rapid, statewide distribution of information related to offenders who flee after killing or seriously injuring federal, state or local law enforcement officers in the line of duty.
“Each day when they put on their uniforms, our law enforcement officers place themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve the people of Texas. In turn, Texans should have the opportunity to do their part to help these officers in their time of need,” said Gov. Perry. “The Blue Alert Program will be a powerful tool that leverages the eyes and ears of many toward the apprehension of criminals who threaten our protectors.”
Based on the successful AMBER and Silver Alert programs, the Blue Alert network is a cooperative effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). DPS and GDEM are currently recruiting Blue Alert partners among public and commercial television and radio broadcasters; private commercial entities; local, state and federal government entities; and any others who can assist in spreading offenders’ information.
Upon Blue Alert activation, the offender’s vehicle information will be displayed across the state primarily via TxDOT’s dynamic message signs and media broadcasts. Alerts will also instruct individuals with information related to the offense to contact local law enforcement via 911. Activation of the network will be terminated upon apprehension of the suspect, evidence the assailant has left the state, or determination that the alert is no longer an effective tool for apprehending the suspect.
Blue Alert Network Activation Criteria (all criteria must be met to activate):
. A law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured by an offender
. The investigating law enforcement agency determines the offender poses a serious risk or threat to the public and/or other law enforcement personnel
. A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag or partial tag is available for broadcast to the public
. The investigating law enforcement agency or jurisdiction submits a Blue Alert request to GDEM.
KVII - Texas Panhandle
Texas launches Blue Alert when officers killed
Monday, August 18, 2008 at 9:30 p.m.
AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP)—Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered a new “Blue Alert” system to help find and arrest suspects when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
Similar to Amber Alerts for cases of child abduction and Silver Alerts used for missing senior citizens, Blue Alerts will use Texas Department of Transportation highway message signs to display information such as a suspect’s vehicle description or license plate number.
The Blue Alert system will also coordinate with the Department of Public Safety and Perry’s Division of Emergency Management to get the information to television and radio stations for broadcast.
The program “will be a powerful tool that leverages the eyes and ears of many toward the apprehension of criminals who threaten our protectors,” Perry said.
The program would use several criteria to determine if a Blue Alert is warranted:
. A law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured by an offender.
. The investigating law enforcement agency determines the suspect poses a serious threat to the public or other law officers.
. A detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle and tag or a partial tag is available for broadcast.
. The investigating agency requests a Blue Alert.
Perry’s office said Florida uses a similar program.
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