By a vote of 15 to 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday passed the National Blue Alert Act, S.357, which would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the bill, and cosponsor Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), called the vote an important pledge of support for America's law enforcement officers. Similar to the successful Amber Alert system, the program would allow for seamless dissemination of critical information about relevant suspects to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media. The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
"The brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the public safety deserve every resource available to catch the most dangerous suspects. I am proud that Maryland has been a leader in the use of the Blue Alert System because it works," said Senator Cardin.