Blue Alert System Now Operational, Effective Monday

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On Aug. 6, Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, 37, was shot and killed.

Starting Monday, you’ll receive a Blue Alert when law enforcement officers are killed or injured.

According to a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an alert may get issued if the following criteria are met:

  1. A law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty; or
  2. An officer is missing in connection with official duties; or
  3. There is an imminent and credible threat to kill or seriously injure a law enforcement officer; and
  4. There is actionable information known about a suspect for a public notification to be helpful to law enforcement; and
  5. The law enforcement agency involved requests or approves the alert being issued.

“Blue Alert is an important program that lets every law enforcement officer in the state of Missouri know that the community supports them and has their back,” said Gov. Eric Greitens. “Our police officers do dangerous work to protect all of us, and this program will help us ensure that anyone who assaults a law enforcement officer is quickly found and brought to justice.”

The Department of Public Safety, Missouri Department of Transportation, State Emergency Management Agency, broadcasters, state law enforcement agencies and MSHP are working together on the system.

According to the release, a Blue Alert is similar to an AMBER Alert and uses the same technology. If the information is available, each alert will have a description of the offender, the offender’s vehicle and license plate.

You should contact your cell phone provider for information on whether the Blue Alert text messages will be available.

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