News Item:
National Blue Alert Bill Introduced in Senate:02/15/2013
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed news that United States Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) announced the introduction of the National Blue Alert Act of 2013.

"We are very pleased that this legislation was introduced by Senators Cardin and Graham," Canterbury said. "Law enforcement officers are in harm's way each and every hour of their shift. This Blue Alert legislation provides law enforcement and the public with the tools needed for the expeditious apprehension of our most dangerous assailants­--those who attack a law enforcement officer. This bill is necessary to protect law enforcement officers who patrol our communities every day."

This legislation mirrors the existing "Amber Alert" system by utilizing existing communications networks to immediately disseminate sensitive information to appropriate law enforcement and other public agencies to help identify a suspect in the event that a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

"This is about officer safety," Canterbury added. "We strongly support its passage and I look forward to working with Senate leadership to secure swift passage of this legislation."

"Too often our police officers are target for criminals who have no regard for order in our society. This Blue Alert legislation provides law enforcement and the public with the tools needed for the quickest apprehension of those who remain at large and remain a threat to our officers and our communities," Canterbury said.

In recent years, 18 States have enacted "Blue Alert" systems and the Fraternal Order of Police, seeing great value and benefit, brought the issue to Congress resulting in this legislation. The House version of this bill, H.R. 180, the "National Blue Alert Act" was introduced in early January by Representative Michael G. Grimm (R-NY).