Washington will have a so-called "Blue Alert" system to enlist the public's help in looking for cop killers. Governor Chris Gregoire signed the alert bill into law Thursday. The new system is similar to the Amber Alert for abducted children.
The Blue Alert would use radio, TV and freeway signs to ask the public to help locate people suspected of killing or severely injuring an officer. The bill had stalled in Olympia because of its 100-thousand-dollar price tag. But it passed after last month’s killing of Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu . The slain officer's son, Eric, advocated for the legislation during his father’s memorial service earlier this month.
Eric Radulescu: “It will help to have the community on watch for criminals who seriously injure or kill police officers. And I think it's going to make a big difference for everyone in law enforcement for the rest of time”
The Blue Alert bill was sponsored by Representative Mike Hope of Lake Stevens, a Seattle Police veteran.
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