Proposed 'Blue Alert' bill making its way through Idaho Legislature

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - A bill to alert the public when officers get injured is making its way through the Idaho Legislature.

The Judiciary and Rules committee presented the bill that would be dubbed the Blue Alert System.

Notifications would be sent out just like an Amber Alert.

The bill states that the system would provide information to law enforcement, media and the public about violent offenders who have killed, seriously injured or pose a threat to police.

"I can think of a couple of instance here in Idaho during my career where we have had officers who have been victims of attacks and the suspects have fled, and I think that this system would’ve been instrumental in either of those cases," said Craig Kingbury, the police chief for the Twin Falls Police Department.

The system could give authorities an early warning of threats against officers and help apprehend the suspect.

"It'll just simply be a great resource to help capture someone who may have committed a violent attack upon a law enforcement officer," he said. "Because if they do that, who else can they attack if we can't take them into custody?"

The bill has gone through the Senate and passed unanimously. It currently is going through the House and it just had its first reading last week.

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