U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), Co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, was joined today by local law enforcement officials from across northern New Jersey at the Police Officer John Samra Memorial in Clifton to urge passage of legislation he introduced to create a nationwide alert system to assist in the apprehension of violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. Based on the success of the Amber Alerts for missing children, The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 (H.R.1269) would create a nationwide Blue Alert system to disseminate critical information to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a companion bill in their respective chamber.
“We are proud to support Congressman Pascrell, on the National Blue Alert System,” stated Robert W. Fox , NJ State Fraternal Order of Police President. “As we all know, when someone kills a police officer, he has no value for human life. He is the most dangerous of all criminals. This Blue Alert System will help us apprehend the suspect before he does more damage by killing civilians. With the Blue Alert getting out vital information to the public, it will help with a quicker apprehension.”