MEDIA ADVISORY – Senator Cardin to Introduce National “Blue Alert” Bill

CONTACT: Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436

SENATOR CARDIN TO INTRODUCE NATIONAL “BLUE ALERT” BILL TO HELP APPREHEND CRIMINALS WHO INJURE OR KILL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

National Bill Is Modeled on Maryland “Blue Alert” System

On Monday, March 28, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will be joined by Maryland law enforcement officials in announcing the introduction of the National Blue Alert Act to create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers.  The nationwide alert system would be used to disseminate critical information about the suspect to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media. 

In June 2010, Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown was murdered outside an Applebee’s in Forestville, MD. At that time, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed an executive order creating the Maryland Blue Alert System.  In 2008, Florida was the first state to implement a Blue Alert System and since then Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Delaware have all approved similar alerts.

“I am pleased that states like Maryland have taken the lead in creating a ‘Blue’ alert system patterned after Amber Alerts, but we need make sure we have a national alert system in place that will ensure the speedy apprehension of violent criminals,” said Senator Cardin.

WHO:    Senator Cardin and including representatives from MD State Police, Prince George’s Police Department, Prince George’s Fraternal Order of Police, and other law enforcement agencies.

WHEN:  Monday, March 28 at 1 p.m.

WHERE:  FOP Lodge 89,

               2905 Old Largo Rd.

               Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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