Kansas to start ‘Blue Alerts’ for law enforcement

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the state could soon begin issuing Blue Alerts to help law enforcement officers.

Schmidt says the alerts would go out when a law enforcement officer is wounded or killed and the suspect is still at large. Similar to Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts, the notices would provide information to encourage the public to help apprehend the suspect.

Lawmakers passed a resolution this year directing the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to set up the program.

Schmidt says the Kansas Fraternal Order of Police proposed the idea to him last year.

Several other states, including California and Florida, already have the Blue Alert system.

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