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FLEOA Supports National Blue Alert (H.R. 365)

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers Jr.,

I am writing on behalf of the more than 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) to advise you of our strong support for H.R. 365, the "National Blue Alert Act of 2012,” offered by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY). FLEOA sincerely appreciates the Committee scheduling this important bill for a mark-up on April 25, 2012.

This legislation is introduced to encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The term "Blue Alert” means the plan of a State, unit of local government or Federal agency participating in the network for the dissemination of information received as a Blue Alert.

H.R. 365 would provide valuable, timely and location specific information regarding the serious injury and/or line of duty death of a law enforcement officer. As you know, time is of the essence in these situations and this Bill would be instrumental of finding, arresting and bringing to justice those who injure or kill members of law enforcement.

This bill maintains the anonymity of the law enforcement officer involved while providing valuable information on suspect(s) involved on a multi-jurisdictional network that provides seamless communication of the "Blue Alert”. This is a successful concept first introduced with missing children through "Amber Alert”, and is a logical progression to aid law enforcement officers by incorporating the citizenry to aide in apprehension of wanted persons without subjecting them to harm. Additionally, this will alert members of our society of dangerous individuals that may be in their local area.

H.R.365, the "National Blue Alert Act of 2012” is legislation that both empowers and protects our citizens by alerting them of dangerous criminals and enabling to assist law enforcement with any pertinent information they may have regarding a criminal element in their local area.

On behalf of the membership of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, thank you for your attention to our concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact FLEOA President Jon Adler (Jadler@fleoa.org) or me, if we can provide you with any additional information or assistance.

Respectfully,

Frank Terreri
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)
National Vice President for Legislative Affairs
FTERRERI@FLEOA.ORG