Co-authored by McMillin, HEA 1151 establishes the Blue Alert Program and went into effect July 1. It operates similar to Amber Alerts for missing children and Silver Alerts for missing or endangered adults. Operated by the Indiana State Police, the program will notify the public when a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured or missing in the line of duty.
“Knowledge is one of the best devices that law enforcement personnel can use to keep them from walking into a potentially harmful situation, and the Blue Alert program provides them with an additional tool to ensure their safety,” said the representative. “The public will be alerted to any suspect posing an imminent threat to a community, and the program will provide an extra layer of protection for law enforcement officers as well as the general public.”
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