ALBANY – Governor Hochul signed legislation on Friday to crack down on violent crimes against police officers. The measure will establish a Blue Alert system to aid in the identification, location, and apprehension of individuals suspecting of killing or seriously wounding a police officer. By creating a better way to disseminate information to the public on violent crimes against law enforcement, the governor said this new law will help catch perpetrators and improve public safety across the state.
“We are taking a comprehensive approach towards protecting the individuals who serve and protect us, taking every measure we can to crack down on violent crime against law enforcement,” Governor Hochul said. “New York is wholly committed to safeguarding our brothers and sisters in law enforcement and this new law will be crucial to creating safer communities and apprehending those who commit violent crimes against police officers.”
Legislation establishes a Blue Alert system to aid in the identification, location, and apprehension of individuals suspected of killing or seriously wounding a police officer.
A Blue Alert is issued to notify law enforcement agencies, media, and the public about suspects who have killed, seriously injured, or pose an imminent threat to police. Creating a Blue Alert system will help catch perpetrators that threaten public safety by establishing a better way to disseminate information on crime against police officers to the public.