Texas Launches Blue Alert Network

Texas has a new program to help apprehend people who have injured or killed law enforcement officers. The Blue Alert Network will use emails, highway message signs and media outlets to notify the public when a suspect is at large. Laurie Johnson reports.
The Blue Alert will work in a similar fashion as the Amber Alert system. Information will be flashed on highway signs and broadcast through the media.

Texas Department of Transportation Spokesman Mark Cross says it's essentially an expansion of the Amber and Silver Alerts.

"But it is for law enforcement officials when they've been hurt or killed. And when we're looking for the assailants, we will put out messages as far and wide as we can to help locate that person who has been accused of injuring or killing the law enforcement officer."

When the alert is activated, TxDOT will display the suspect's vehicle information and physical description.  The Blue Alert can only be activated by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management and will have to meet several criteria for use.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

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Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...