For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524 or 202-320-0819
May 9, 2013
*** MEDIA ADVISORY **
CARDIN AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO CALL FOR PASSAGE OF A NATIONAL BLUE ALERT SYSTEM BASED ON MARYLAND’S PUBLIC SAFETY LAW
National Police Week is May 12-18
Monday, May 13 at 1pm, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will join with state and local law enforcement and elected officials during National Police Week to urge Congressional action on the creation of a national Blue Alert System. The National Blue Alert Act of 2013 (S. 357) would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 72 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2011. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers are assaulted every year, and many sustain serious injuries as a result of the attack. Based on the success of the Amber Alerts for missing children, a nationwide Blue Alert system would be used to disseminate critical information to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media.
In June 2010, Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown was murdered outside a restaurant in Forestville, MD. Shortly after, 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 a total of 18 states have created similar alerts programs.
WHAT: National Police Week/National Blue Alert Press Conference and
Tour of the City of Rockville’s new state-of-the-art police headquarters
WHO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, lead Senate sponsor of the National Blue Alert Act
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett
Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio
Rockville Police Chief Terry Treschuk
Captain James DeWees, MD State Police, Washington-Metro Troop Commander
WHEN: Monday, May 13 at 12:45pm
WHERE: City of Rockville Police Station
2 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850
The National Blue Alert Act of 2013 (S. 357) has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Concerns of Police Survivors, and the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department.