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Blue Alerts

House Bill 3 (Ch. 2001-72): Blue Alerts; Emengency Alert System; Assault; Battery; Homicide; Serious Bodily Injury; Weapons; Firearms; Law Enforcement Officers; Sheriffs; Law Enforcement Agencies; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; Department of Transportation; Television; Radio; Dynamic Message Signs

Creates F.S. 784.071 concerning the assault or battery of a law enforcement officer missing while in the line of duty. At the request of an authorized person employed at a law enforcement agency, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will activate the emergency alert system and issue a "Blue Alert" if the following conditions are met:

  • a law enforcement officer has been killed, has suffered serious bodily injury, or has been assaulted with a deadly weapon, or is missing while in the line of duty under circumstances evidencing concern for the officer's safety;
  • the suspect has fled the scene of the offense;
  • the agency investigating the offense determines the the suspect poses an inminent threat to the public or other officers;
  • a detailed description of the suspect's vehicle, or other means of escape, or license plate is available for broadcasting;
  • dissemination of available relating to the officer's last known location and physical description, and the description of the vehicle involved, to be broadcast to the subjcect and other law enforcement agencies, which could assist in locating the missing officer.

The "Blue Alert" must be immediately disseminated through the emergency alert system by broadcasting the alert on television, radio, and the dynamic message signs that are located on the state's highways.

Effective Date: October 1, 2011

For more information on BLUE Alerts, contact FDLE's Florida Fusion Center by phone at (850) 410-7645 or via email at: ffcenter@fdle.state.fl.us

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