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  • NJ A2674
  • Establishes "Blue Alert System."*
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes an emergency "Blue Alert System" for the rapid dissemination of information in order to facilitate the apprehension of persons suspected of killing or seriously injuring law enforcement officers and to aid in the location of missing law enforcement officers. Under the provisions of the bill, the program is to be a voluntary, cooperative effort between State and local law enforcement agencies and the media, which is to include but not be limited to print, radio, and television media outlets. The bill requires the Attorney General to notify the media serving the State of New Jersey of the establishment of the "Blue Alert System," and to invite their voluntary participation. The provisions of the bill further require that a Blue Alert may be activated if all of the following criteria are met: (1) A law enforcement officer has been seriously injured or killed, and a suspect has not been apprehended, or a law enforcement officer is missing while on duty under circumstances warranting concern for the law enforcement officer's safety; (2) There is sufficient descriptive information about the suspect or the circumstances surrounding a law enforcement officer's injury, death, or disappearance to indicate that activation of the alert may help locate a suspect or missing law enforcement officer; and (3) The lead law enforcement agency that is investigating the death, serious injury, or disappearance of the officer requests that a Blue Alert be initiated. The bill further provides that participating media outlets may agree to inform the public of a missing officer or suspect within their service region. The alerts are to include a description of the missing officer or suspect and such other information as the lead law enforcement agency deems appropriate. The alerts are to provide information concerning how those members of the public who have information relating to the missing officer or suspect may contact the lead law enforcement agency.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 6/6/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/6/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
5/26/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (74-0-0)
5/12/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/12/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 5/12/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th floor)
2/8/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/26/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 0 6
Detail 5/12/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 0 0