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FLEOA Press Release on Blue Alerts Passage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:

May 19, 2015

Nikki Cannon

202-293-1550

 

 

FLEOA APPLAUDS SIGNING OF BLUE ALERT ACT

 

Washington, DC– Following the national celebration of Police Week, President Obama today signed into law the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, which will establish a national communications network to issue "blue alerts” when a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured, threatened or deemed missing under certain circumstances.

 

"This was one of our top legislative priorities this session and is a significant development that will help protect the protectors of our communities,” said Jon Adler, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). "This new system will provide valuable, timely and location specific information regarding the serious injury and/or line of duty death of a law enforcement officer, while maintaining the anonymity of the law enforcement officer involved.”

 

The bipartisan legislation was modeled after Amber Alerts for missing children, and will require the Department of Justice to create a national notification system.

 

"FLEOA has worked with Senator Cardin and Representatives Reichert and Pascrell to make this legislation a reality and we commend them for their leadership on this issue. They have been tireless champions of law enforcement in the halls of Congress.”

 

"Today is a step toward safeguarding those who put themselves in harm’s way every time they don their uniform. It is also a reminder that those heroes we have lost to these heinous acts are not forgotten, and we must continue to improve structures within law enforcement to enable our officers to return safely to their homes and families at night. We look forward to working with the Department of Justice on its implementation to ensure the safety of our law enforcement.”