Issaquah-area councilman urges Legislature to create ‘blue alert’ for police

February 23, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2012

Reagan Dunn

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn announced a plan Thursday to urge state legislators create a “blue alert” system to inform the public about people suspected of injuring or killing law enforcement officers.

The proposal came hours after a man fatally shot a state trooper in Kitsap County. Dunn plans to introduce a motion Monday urging the council to support state legislation to create a “blue alert” system.

“This tragic pattern of injury and death to law enforcement officers in Washington state simply cannot continue,” he said in a statement. “We in government must do everything in our power to protect those who put their lives on the line everyday in order to protect us.”

House Bill 1820 calls for Washington to join least seven other states using such a system. Modeled after AMBER alerts, a “blue alert” could use resources to inform the public about suspects accused of harming law enforcement officers.

“I am grateful that Councilmember Dunn is again offering his support to law enforcement to help stop future tragedies,” Republican State Rep. Mike Hope, prime sponsor of HB 1820, said in a statement. “King County’s support of HB 1820 will help pave the way for this important legislation to pass this year.”

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell is a cosponsor of the measure. (Maxwell, a Renton Democrat, represents Issaquah neighborhoods in the 41st Legislative District.)

(Dunn, a Republican, is running for state attorney general against Democrat Bob Ferguson, a fellow councilman.)

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Issaquah’s representative in Congress, called the death of Trooper Tony Radulescu a tragedy.

“Trooper Radulescu’s sacrifice serves as a reminder of all the brave men and women who keep our streets secure while their loved ones worry for them,” Reichert said in a statement. “I urge everybody to do what they can to support not only Trooper Radulescu’s immediate family, but also his greater family of first responders. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers today and every day.”

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