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Senate proposed "Blue Alert System" for police officers

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The state Senate is proposing legislation to protect law enforcement when a felon is on the loose.

Senator David Blount proposed a what's called a statewide "Blue Alert System."

The Blue Alert would notify law enforcement in other jurisdictions that a felon is on the run after seriously injuring or killing another officer.

The Mississippi Center for Police Chiefs and Sheriffs held a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday notifying others of Senate Bill 2413.

However, the legislation does not propose using the alert system for a civilian.

Blount says eventually this system could reach this point.

"Many other states have done this with law enforcement. There's now legislation in the United States Congress modeled after this to try to bring all states together," Blount said. "And once we have a communication system in place, then we can look at expanding it to other crimes."

The "Blue Alert System" is modeled after the Amber Alert System, which is used for children and seniors when they are missing.

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