DOJ System To Focus On Violent Offenders Who Target Cops

As part of National Police Week, the National Blue Alert Network is set to function like Amber Alerts.

May 19, 2017 at 4:57 PM ET

In an effort to help disseminate information about violent offenders, the Justice Department rolled out its National Blue Alert Network on Friday, providing a system comparable to Amber Alerts to quickly provides information about individuals who have killed, injured or “pose an imminent threat” to police officers.

As part of the Trump administration’s National Police Week, the Justice Department, along with the FCC and the Dept. of Homeland Security, announced during a press conference that the system is part of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act, which was signed into law in May 2015. The legislation came after Ramos and Liu, two New York Police Department officers, were killed in a surprise attack in December 2014.

“Far too many ambush-style attacks have an effect on officers and put them at risk,” acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio said. “Those who would kill or seriously harm law enforcement officers in the line of duty pose an inherently unique danger to all of us,”

Operating similar to Amber Alerts, Blue Alerts, which are currently available in 27 states, send out information about dangerous individuals through TV and radio broadcasts, as well as through mobile devices.

Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, hailed the creation of the Blue Alert system.

“It is impossible to measure the impact on our communities when an officer is killed in the line of duty,” Homan said. He added later that Friday’s launch was “a good day for law enforcement.”