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[s46] Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Grooms’ Bill Establishing Blue Alert Program for Law Enforcement
Start Date: 4/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/9/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2013) — State Sen. Ron Grooms’ (R-Jeffersonville) legislation establishing a public notification program for injured or missing  law enforcement officers was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on Monday, April 8.

Under House Bill 1151, a “Blue Alert” notification will be issued to the public when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured and the suspect is still at-large, or when an officer is missing in the line of duty. The Blue Alert program is modeled after Indiana’s AMBER alert for missing children and Silver Alert for missing or endangered senior citizens.

“Blue Alert programs in other states have helped law enforcement locate dangerous criminals who have caused harm to public servants and remain a threat to community safety,” Grooms said. “This bill will help make sure Hoosiers have the information they need to be on guard and prepared in case of such emergencies.”

Grooms said Indiana’s Blue Alert program would join those in 15 other states – including Ohio and Kentucky.

HB 1151 was unanimously approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate earlier this session. It will take effect July 1, 2013. The program will be administered by the Indiana State Police.

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Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
Email: mjohnson@iga.in.gov
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