What is a Florida Blue Alert?

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Not long after 1 p.m. on Thursday, a Florida Blue Alert was broadcast to residents’ phones and other digital devices on behalf of Volusia County, concerning a manhunt for a suspect who shot a Daytona Beach policeman . So what’s a Blue Alert, exactly? Floridians don’t see them that always, and should not know. A Blue Alert is employed when Florida enforcement agencies want to enlist the public’s help during a serious police work directly concerning a politician, like when a suspect is on the loose after killing or badly injuring a politician, or when a politician is missing. As an Amber Alert is to a missing child or a Silver Alert is to a missing elderly person, a Blue Alert is to a critical situation regarding an enforcement officer.

The Florida Department of enforcement, which authorizes Florida Blue Alerts in conjunction with the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Transportation, lists four criteria that have got to be met for a Blue aware of being issued: A enforcement officer must are seriously injured, killed by a topic or subjects, or missing within the line of duty “under circumstances causing concern for the enforcement officer’s safety” The investigating agency has determined that the topic “poses a significant risk to the general public or to other enforcement officers and therefore the alert may help avert further harm or assist within the apprehension of the suspect”

There is pertinent and potentially helpful information, like the outline of a subject’s vehicle or car place number, to broadcast to the general public The agency of jurisdiction recommends issuing the alert In the case of Thursday’s alert, the Daytona Beach local department provided the identity of a suspect, Othal Wallace, and an outline of the car he could be driving — a gray 2016 Honda CR-V with a California car place 7TNX532. The Florida Blue Alert system was created by Governor Rick Scott via executive order in 2011; consistent with the FDLE, only three have ever been issued since then. Thirty-five other states have Blue Alerts.

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