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National Blue Alert Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. RUNYAN. Madam Speaker, l rise today to offer my support for a bi-partisan piece of legislation that I am a co-sponsor of, H.R. 365, the National Blue Alert Act of 2012.

The Blue Alert system, similar to the ``Amber Alert'' system used for abducted children, would operate throughout the United States to quickly disseminate information to law enforcement organizations advising them of when an officer has been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

Currently, there is no national alert system to distribute this valuable information to law enforcement. In implementing H.R. 365, we can speed up the apprehension of criminals and ensure rapid broadcasting of information to enhance public safety for all of our constituents.

This piece of legislation is deficit neutral and is funded using previously appropriated dollars from the COPS Program. This bill is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the National Sherriff's Association, the National Association of Police Officers, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

In observance of National Police Week, I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 365.

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