May 30, 2012

Ohio Institutes Blue Alert


COLUMBUS - The Ohio Blue Alert is a notification system used to enlist public assistance in the event of a tragedy involving a critically injured or killed law enforcement officer where the suspect(s) are still at large, or in the event of a missing law enforcement officer.  The following criteria, established in ORC 5502.53, must be met to initiate the Ohio Blue Alert:
(1) A local law enforcement agency confirms that a law enforcement officer has been seriously injured or killed, and a suspect has not been apprehended, or that a law enforcement officer is missing while on duty under circumstances warranting concern for the law enforcement officer's safety.
(2) There is sufficient descriptive information about the suspect or the circumstances surrounding a law enforcement officer's injury, death, or disappearance to indicate that activation of the alert may help locate a suspect or a missing law enforcement officer. 
The Ohio Blue Alert was created by the Ohio General Assembly,signed into law by Governor Kasich and is coordinated by the Ohio AMBER Alert Steering Committee.  A statewide test will be conducted on June 1, 10 a.m.,  when the system is activated.

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