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Gov. Perry Launches Program to Speed Apprehension of Criminals Who Harm Law Enforcement Officers
Houston County Courier - August 2008
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has 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.