JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri's Blue Alert System is now operational. Blue Alert becomes effective on Monday, August 28.
Senate Bill 34, signed by Governor Eric Greitens called for the creation of the Blue Alert System in Missouri.
"Blue Alert is an important program that lets every law enforcement officer in the state of Missouri know that the community supports them and has their back," said Governor Eric Greitens. "Our police officers do dangerous work to protect all of us, and this program will help us ensure that anyone who assaults a law enforcement officer is quickly found and brought to justice."
A Blue Alert will work resembles AMBER Alert and even uses the same technology. Using television and radio broadcasts through the Emergency Alert System, text messaging, and MoDOT message boards, each Blue Alert will provide the public with a description of the offender, the offender's vehicle, and license plate number, as available.
A Blue Alert can be issued in Missouri if the following happens:
1. A law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty; or
2. An officer is missing in connection with official duties; or
3. There is an imminent and credible threat to kill or seriously injure a law enforcement officer; and
4. There is actionable information known about a suspect for a public notification to be helpful to law enforcement; and
5. The law enforcement agency involved requests or approves the alert being issued
Missouri's Blue Alert System is a cooperative effort that includes the Department of Public Safety, Missouri Department of Transportation, State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri State Highway Patrol, broadcasters and state law enforcement agencies.