The statewide notification system that notifies Missourians of AMBER Alerts, will now include Blue Alerts.
The statewide notification system that notifies Missourians of AMBER Alerts, will now include Blue Alerts, according to Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).
According to Olson, the Patrol has expanded its recently upgraded Missouri AMBER Alert System to include Blue Alerts. A Blue Alert provides law enforcement with an early warning of threats against police officers and aids in the apprehension of suspects who have killed or seriously injured an officer. Under state law, the Patrol has the responsibility for initiating Blue Alerts, when:A law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty; or An officer is missing in connection with official duties; or There is an imminent and credible threat to kill or seriously injure a law enforcement officer; and there is actionable information known about a suspect for a public notification to be helpful to law enforcement; and the law enforcement agency involved requests or approves the alert being issued.
Missouri’s improved notification system streamlined the process to get alerts to the public faster. The new system includes wireless emergency alerts, automated social media alerts, and a public website, www.moalerts.mo.gov, which provides the latest information on AMBER Alerts and Blue Alerts active in Missouri at any time.
The new Patrol alert system directly utilizes FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to deliver message to cell phone carriers.
According to a press release from MSHP each Blue Alert will include photos and descriptions of any suspects and vehicles if available. The new system’s automatic alert updates are designed to reduce the possibility that outdated information will continue to be shared on social media.
Subscribers receive immediate notification any time details contained within an active alert are updated. Anyone interested may subscribe to Mo-Alerts by going to www.moalerts.mo.gov, selecting “Subscribe to Mo-Alerts” on the left side of the webpage, entering their email address, and clicking “Subscribe.” Subscribers will receive a verification email and must click on the link provided to complete the process.
The Patrol has never received a request to initiate a Blue Alert.