Proos co-sponsors bill to create Blue Alert system

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Proos recently supported legislation designed to protect the public and law enforcement after an attack on an officer.

“In Michigan, we are blessed to have amazing, selfless law enforcement officers, who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe and respond in times of crisis,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “An attack on one of our police officers is really an attack on all of us as a society, which is why we must do everything we can to see that their attackers are quickly brought to justice.”

Senate Bill 336, sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, would create the Blue Alert system to inform the public of attacks on law enforcement officers in an effort to help apprehend the violent offenders. Under the bill, a Blue Alert would rapidly disseminate information about an offender across television, radio and other media.

“I co-sponsored the Blue Alert legislation because it’s a good, smart way to stand up for the safety of the men and women dedicated to keeping us safe,” Proos said. “The Blue Alert is modeled on the existing Amber Alert and Silver Alert notification systems that have been successful in locating missing children and seniors.”

To order a Blue Alert, a law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured, the offender must pose a serious risk or threat to the public and other officers, information about the offender’s vehicle must be available and the law enforcement agency must recommend activation of the Blue Alert to the State Operations Center.

SB 336 was approved by the Michigan Senate with bipartisan support and has been sent to the House for further consideration.