WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement today regarding the President signing the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 into law. Senator McConnell co-sponsored the bill establishing a national “Blue Alert” system within the U.S. Department of Justice to help catch those who kill, harm, or threaten law enforcement officers.
The law creates a nationwide system similar to what the Amber Alert system does for abducted children. Should law enforcement officers be killed, seriously injured, threatened, or go missing while in the line of duty, this system would be utilized to widely disseminate information to help identify and apprehend potential suspects.
“I was proud to cosponsor the Blue Alert Act and pleased the President signed it into law today. The Blue Alert will help bring to justice those who harm or threaten our police officers, and hopefully help deter future violence. Kentucky law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to defend us and this law will help protect those who put their lives on the line for us every day. I was honored to support it and help push for its passage on behalf of the thousands of brave Kentucky law enforcement officers,” Senator McConnell said.