Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced legislation to create a Blue Alert System, modeled after Amber Alert. It's aimed at apprehending criminals who injure or kill law enforcement officers serving in the line of duty.
More than 57,000 officers were assaulted while performing their duties in 2009; 11 states have a Blue Alert System in place and Sen. Brown wants Ohio to be number 12.
Local police departments say they're on board with the proposed system, especially smaller agencies like the Monroe Police Department. They say if a tragedy were to happen, they could use the extra manpower.
"I've they've already killed a police officer, they're going to kill anybody out there, and they need to be tracked down immediately before they do harm to other people," said Lt. Brian Curlis with the Monroe Police Department.
That's why Lt. Curlis says the proposed Blue Alert System makes sense for law enforcement in Ohio.
"I think it would be a really good idea to get the information out quickly, in an organized fashion, and get that same information out on a national level, I think it's a great idea," Curlis said.
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