New Law Creates “Blue Alert” Notification System

by Dave on August 26, 2010

Delaware on Thursday became the seventh state to create a “Blue Alert” system which would be triggered to aid in the capture of suspects who kill or significantly injure a law enforcement officer. Governor Jack Markell signed the law in a ceremony in Wilmington.

According to the new law, “upon notification by an investigating law enforcement agency that a suspect in a case involving the death or serious injury of a peace officer has not been apprehended and may be a serious threat to the public, the investigating law enforcement agency shall activate the Blue Alert system and shall notify appropriate participants in the Blue Alert system,” which include media outlets, the Delaware Criminal Justice Information System (DELJIS), the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the Delaware Information Analysis Center (DIAC).

“This bill is about protecting those who protect us,” Governor Markell said. “The goal is to provide people with information about a dangerous person and their possible whereabouts. The hope is that the public becomes the eyes and ears of law enforcement and can help with information so police can quickly catch their criminal.”

Thursday’s signing comes nearly one year after the September 2009 killing of Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer, who was fatally shot when he and his partner stopped a vehicle that had been involved in another shooting earlier that evening.

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