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FLEOA Supports Blue Alert Act of 2013

February 7, 2013

The Honorable Benjamin Cardin
U.S. Senate
509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Lindsey Graham
U.S. Senate
290 Russell House Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Cardin and Senator Graham:

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 the National Blue Alert Act of 2013.

The National Blue Alert Act of 2013 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.

The National Blue Alert Act of 2013 is legislation that both empowers and protects our citizens by alerting them of dangerous criminals and enabling them 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 me if we can provide you with any additional information or assistance.

Respectfully,

Frank Terreri
National Vice President for Legislative Affairs
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
FTERRERI@FLEOA.ORG
(510) 999‐2976