Blue Alerts can be used to warn the public with actionable information related to a law enforcement officer who’s missing, injured, or killed in the line of duty, or when there’s an imminent credible threat to an officer. The Blue Alert option would be used by authorities to notify the public through radio and TV of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects.
The Blue Alert could also quickly warn residents if a violent suspect is in their community, along with providing instructions on what to do if someone spots the suspect and how to stay safe.
The proposal, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted today, would amend the FCC’s EAS rules by creating a dedicated Blue Alert event code so that state and local agencies have the option to send these warnings to the public through broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline video providers. The NPRM invites public comment on the proposal.