Sen. Kyle D. Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) watched Gov. Mary Fallin sign HB 2747 last week.
The bill’s authors and law enforcement officials were on hand for the signing ceremony for the bill that creates the new Blue Alert.
The alert is similar to the state’s current Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems but in that it will be activated when a law enforcement officer is in danger or has been shot.
“I am pleased the governor took this opportunity to celebrate a bipartisan approach to protecting our men and women in blue,” said Loveless, the bill’s Senate author. “Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day and this legislation allows us to catch those who put them in danger.”
A detailed description of the suspect, if available, will be broadcast statewide in an effort to notify the public of the danger and to ensure the suspect is apprehended and brought to justice.
“If this system frees one office from peril, it will be well worth the effort,” said Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-Oklahoma City), who authored the bill in the House of Representatives. “Our citizens depend on the enormous courage and capability of our Oklahoma men and women in law enforcement and this one way we can all play a role in keeping them safe.”
“The OKC Fraternal Order of Police would like to thank Rep. Morrissette and Sen. Loveless for their leadership to protect Oklahoma’s men and women of blue who put their lives on the line every single day,” said Mark Nelson, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123. “Enacting the Blue Alert will give officers an additional tool to help fight crime and keep the bad guys away.”
The law goes into effect Nov. 1.