Blue Alerts, similar to AMBER Alerts, would allow state and local agencies to deliver “actionable” information to the public when an officer is killed, seriously injured, missing in connection with his or her official duties, or if there is an imminent and credible threat to a law enforcement officer.Chairman Ajit Pai, who voted in favor of the NPRM along with Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Rielly at the open meeting this week, said, “With this step, we are not just advancing a policy, we are affirming a principle. And that principle is that we the American people have a collective responsibility to protect and serve those who protect and serve us. Today’s first step to establishing a Blue Alert code is just one example of our commitment to this principle.”The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks to amend of Part 11 of the commission’s rules regarding the EAS and would support the national framework for a Blue Alert that states could then adopt. It seeks to add a dedicated event code of “BLU” to the list of event codes.
At present, 27 states use Blue Alerts over EAS to notify the public of threats to law enforcement, according to the FCC.Lisa Fowlkes, bureau chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, said the proposal promotes an important national policy, as articulated by President Trump in a recent executive order, of preventing violence against law enforcement officers.