LORAIN — When an officer is injured or dies in the line of duty, it’s vital that information get out quickly so a suspect or suspects can quickly be brought to justice, Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera said.
That’s why Rivera plans to join U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, today in a conference call to promote a system to bring Blue Alerts to the 39 states that don’t have them, including Ohio.
When a police officer is killed, “it grabs a hold of your soul and affects you as it would a family member,” Rivera said. “You know the sacrifices police officers make.”
Rivera said he had written letters to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and others on behalf of the national and Ohio offices of Concerns of Police Survivors, which wants the Blue Alerts to be in place nationwide.
A Blue Alert can be issued after serious injuries or killings involving local, state or federal law enforcement officials.
It is similar to an Amber Alert for missing children or the Silver Alert in some states for missing senior citizens.
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