Local councilman urges Legislature to create ‘blue alert’

February 28, 2012

By Staff

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn announced a plan Feb. 23 to urge state legislators to 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.

“We in government must do everything in our power to protect those who put their lives on the line every day in order to protect us,” he said in a statement.

Modeled after the AMBER alert, a “blue alert” could use media 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 the “blue alert” legislation, said in a statement.

Local state Rep. Marcie Maxwell is a cosponsor of the measure.

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

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