Councilman applauds decision to create ‘blue alert’

March 6, 2012

By Staff

Local King County Councilman Reagan Dunn praised state legislators March 2 for creating a “blue alert” system to inform the public about people suspected of injuring or killing law enforcement officers.

The “blue alert” legislation passed both chambers of the Legislature and headed to Gov. Chris Gregoire to be signed into law. Modeled after the AMBER alert, a “blue alert” could use media resources to inform the public about suspects accused of harming law enforcement officers.

“Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the protection and service of others,” Dunn said in a statement. “Providing them with a ‘blue alert’ system shows we understand that an assault on them is an assault on the blanket of safety they provide all of us.”

Dunn introduced a County Council proposal to support the legislation Feb. 23, hours after a man fatally shot a state trooper in Kitsap County. The council unanimously supported the measure Feb. 27.

Local state Rep. Marcie Maxwell cosponsored the legislation in the House of Representatives.

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

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