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Murkowski suggests blue alert system for stricken cops
by Peter J Mladineo
Jun 03, 2014 | 101 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
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U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski responded to the shootings of Alaska State Troopers in Tanana in May by adding language to a bill in a U.S. Senate subcommittee that would create a “Blue Alert” similar to the AMBER Alert system currently in use nationwide to help find missing children.

The “blue alert” system would inform the public when law enforcement responders are killed or injured in the line of duty.

A statement from the senator’s office said, “With Alaskans still coming to terms with the loss of two Alaska State Troopers in the line of duty, Senator Lisa Murkowski today inserted language in the 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill to have the Department of Justice evaluate a nationwide ‘Blue Alert’ system to alert the public when law enforcement officers are killed or injured in the line of duty.”

This system “would instantaneously tell Alaskans about acute dangers and enlist the public in apprehending those responsible for injuring safety officers,” Murkowski was quoted as saying in the statement.

Matthew Felling, Murkowski’s communications director, added that the Tanana shootings prompted her to add the “Blue Alert” language to the bill.

“The Tanana tragedy certainly spurred on Senator Murkowski’s effort to protect our safety officers better, not only in Alaska but nationwide. It’s a matter of taking existing technology and taking a success that has already worked with the Amber alert and transferring those protections and that capacity to our first responders,” Felling said.

The bill could get passed through Senate subcommittees and committees this week, Felling added.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com

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