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If a dangerous suspect is on the run, after seriously injuring or killing an officer, a blue alert can now be issued in Arizona.  Governor Jan Brewer signed the Blue Alert bill into law today. The emergency system is being looked at as a way to give back to officers putting their lives on the line.

You will see a Blue Alert pop up on your phone and on highway signs, as a sort of Amber Alert for cops. The goal is to use the Blue Alert System for situations like the one on New Years Eve in Phoenix. A police officer and Maricopa Sheriff's posse member were shot. A massive manhunt ensued for a number of suspects. 

If a similar situation happens in Southern Arizona, a Blue Alert will help local law enforcement spread the word throughout the state on violent criminals.
Here is a look at the criteria. The Blue Alert System will be activated when:

  • Law enforcement officer has been killed or seriously injured by an offender
  • Suspect poses a serious risk or threat to the public
  • Detailed description of suspect's vehicle or license plate is available
  • The information may help avoid further harm or speed up suspects arrest
I spoke with the pima county sheriff's department. They say this is a good tool to get bad guys off the streets."Lets just face it. All good police work pretty much stems from the help of the public and this is just another example. We put those alerts on the freeways through your social networking, just like an Amber Alert,"PCSD Chief Deputy Chris Nanos said, 

Arizona is the 19th state to become part of the blue alert system.  Lawmakers say the system will not cost taxpayers any money. Click here for more information on the Blue Alert System.

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