STATEHOUSE — State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored House Bill (HB) 1151, which passed unanimously out of the House today. This bill creates a ‘Blue Alert’ program to be operated by the Indiana State Police Department (ISP).
“The ‘Blue Alert’ notification system hopefully will add ease of mind to those who serve and to the families of those who serve,” said Rep. McNamara.
HB 1151 creates the ‘Blue Alert’ program, which is designed to notify the public when a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured or missing in the line of duty. The bill also requires the ISP to operate the program.
More specifically, the Superintendent of the State Police will designate staff members to be responsible for the operation of the program. The ISP would determine the geographic boundaries for the area of each Blue Alert and adopt guidelines for the administration and operation of the program, including receiving and verifying information. Lastly, the ISP must also adopt guidelines for the use of voluntary broadcasts of Blue Alerts by networks and electronic billboard operators.
“From time to time, law enforcement officials pay the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Our hearts go out to those affected by these unfortunate tragedies,” said Rep. McNamara. “When this happens, it’s important to alert the public if there is still a suspect at large who has caused harm to an officer and may be a danger to others.”
HB 1151 will now move to the Senate for further discussion and debate.