For Immediate Release
October 16, 2012
Citizens who want instant notification when a Blue Alert has been activated can now sign up for email alerts through the Florida Blue Alert system’s new website.
In 2011, the Florida Legislature established the Florida Blue Alert Plan which utilizes the technologies employed by the Amber Alert Plan to notify the public of critical information when a law enforcement officer is killed, has suffered serious bodily injury, or is missing while in the line of duty and the suspect, who is considered to pose an imminent threat to the public, is still at large.
In some of these cases, additional information is available for broadcast such as a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle or other means of escape, and/or the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle.
Under the Blue Alert Plan, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Transportation immediately broadcast important information about the offender when this information would help avert further harm or assist in the apprehension of the suspect.
A Blue Alert is disseminated to the public through the Emergency Alert System by broadcasting the alert on television, radio, and dynamic message signs located along the state’s highways.
To sign up to receive email alerts when a Blue Alert is activated, please visit the sign-up page at http://bluealert.imarcsgroup.com/