Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed H.R. 365, The National Blue Alert Act of 2011. The bill would establish a nationwide ìBlue Alertî system to quickly disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed. The system would be similar to the Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems that currently exist for missing children and missing seniors.  Congressman Poe is an original cosponsor of the bill. 

ìPeace officers dedicate their lives to protecting the rest of us from the anarchy of the lawless,î said Poe. ìSome of them never come home.  The brave men and women who wear the uniform and badge defy danger every day to seek out those who commit crimes against others. Itís time we find and deliver the lawless street thugs who choose to harm them.î

Each year, hundreds of law enforcement officers are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.  There has been an alarming 75% increase in police officer deaths since 2008.  Since 1791, nearly 21,000 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States.