Kansas could be starting ‘Blue Alert’ system

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Technology is providing new ways to help catch criminals.

The Kansas legislature approved a resolution that could establish a “Blue Alert” system.

A “Blue Alert” is sent out as quickly as an amber or silver alert but these alerts would be issued only if a law enforcement officer is killed or injured and the suspect is still on the loose.

“The more information that we and our media partners and other entities can get out among the public and awareness level we find many times that helps our ability to find the person that committed the crime and get them into custody before something else bad happens in our community.” said Shawnee County Undersheriff Terry Maple.

The idea was proposed to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt last year.

The Kansas legislature has appointed the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to set up the program.

Nearly 20 states currently have a blue alert system in place.



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