BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) – Local police are throwing their support behind the proposed Blue Alert bill. It would help catch suspects who kill or injure police officers.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is pushing for the system, which would work much like the Amber Alert system.
If an officer is hurt or killed in the line of duty and the suspect gets away, a Blue Alert would be issued. The suspect's description, a license plate number, and other information could then be broadcast to other agencies and the public.
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn points out that four police officers in Ohio were killed in the line of duty in 2010, but six have already been killed in 2011.
He says that proves there's a need for a better way to track down the suspects.
Wasylyshyn said, "If someone is going to kill a police officer, there is no telling what else they are going to do. And any tool we have to capture someone that evil, I think any tool that we have in the tool box is going to be wonderful."
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