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National Blue Alert Act Passes House

May 15, 2012

For Immediate Release
Carol Danko, 202-225-3371

Rep. Grimm’s National Blue Alert Act Passes House

Bipartisan pro-law enforcement bill passes during Police Week

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s (R,C-NY) legislation, the National Blue Alert Act (H.R. 365) passed the House. This bipartisan bill, introduced with Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) would encourage and integrate a "Blue Alert” system throughout the United States in order to quickly disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. This is Congressman Grimm’s fifth bill to pass the House. It passed with a vote of 394-1.

"As a former FBI special agent, it is a privilege to have the House pass this important legislation, especially during Police Week,” said Rep. Grimm. "I am extremely grateful for the brave men and women of the NYPD who serve our great city under Commissioner Ray Kelly, and for all our nation’s law enforcement officers and agents. It is for this reason that I proudly introduced the National Blue Alert Act, which will allow us to act quickly in apprehending suspects and make it clear to anyone who chooses to harm our nation’s law enforcement officers that they will be caught. Our law enforcement agents are the true heroes of our communities, and I applaud my colleagues for passing this important bill and urge the Senate to quickly do the same.”

"I am very pleased that this bill passed the House today. This demonstrates that Republicans and Democrats can stake out common ground and identity solutions to the problems that confront us. In Congressman Grimm, a former FBI agent, I have found a partner to advance legislation to promote security and combat crime,” said Rep. Pierluisi.

"The National Blue Alert Act is a profound declaration of support for America's Finest, and I commend Congressman Grimm for his leadership to the law enforcement community," stated Jon Adler, FLEOA National President.

The Blue Alert system would work in a similar fashion to the "Amber Alert” system currently used to locate abducted children. It would be implemented by law enforcement agencies, and state and local governments to speed up the apprehension of criminals who seriously injure or kill local, state, or federal law enforcement officers.

Currently, there is no national alert system to disseminate information to other law enforcement, the media, or the general public in regards to officers who have been injured or killed; however, many states have created a state-level blue alert system in an effort to better inform their local communities.

H.R. 365 creates the national Blue Alert Program within the Department of Justice. Each year Congress authorizes funds under the COPS Technology Program, for technology and automated systems that help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent, respond to, and investigate crime. This bill authorizes $10 million of already budgeted funds from the COPS Program to be appropriated for the creation of Blue Alert systems throughout the country. It also directs the Department of Justice to designate a national coordinator for the program who will encourage states to develop Blue Alert plans, establish voluntary guidelines, and develop protocols for suspect apprehension.

Rep. Grimm is a former FBI agent. The bill was introduced with Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) who is a former Attorney General of Puerto Rico.

The National Blue Alert Act (H.R. 365) has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, the National Sheriff's Association, the National Association of Police Officers, & the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA).

Watch the Video of Rep. Grimm’s House floor speech.