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 to announce the introduction of the National Blue Alert Act, creating a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. According to the FBI, 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2009; over the past decade, an average of 53 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty each year. 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 Oklahoma, Texas, Maryland, Delaware, Alabama, Florida, California, Georgia, Mississippi, and Virginia have all approved similar alerts.
* WHO: Senator Cardin, Col. Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent, MD State Police; Chuck Canterbury, President, National Fraternal Order of Police; Susan Nickerson, President of Maryland Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, 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