What is a Blue Alert?

What is a Blue Alert?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has issued a Blue Alert for Samuel Quinton Edwards

The 34-year-old man is accused of shooting a Hendersonville police officer Monday night during a police chase.

TBI began issuing Blue Alerts in July 2011. The purpose of the system—established by Tennessee Code (TCA 38-6-122)—is to provide

 “rapid dissemination of information to the public to assist in apprehending violent criminals

who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers in the line of duty or to aid in locating a missing officer where foul play is involved.”

The Blue Alert program uses the statewide infrastructure of America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system.

The alerts are issued by the staff in TBI’s Criminal Intelligence Unit. According to TBI’s website

when the department receives a request from a law enforcement agency that death or serious injury of a law enforcement officer has occurred

administrators will ensure that the Blue Alert criteria have been met, then proceed to issue the alert

A sworn law enforcement officer is killed, sustains life-threatening injuries or the officer is missing in the line of duty under circumstances warranting concern for the law enforcement officer’s safety

The suspect(s) pose(s) an imminent threat to public safety and law enforcement personnel

A description of the offender or vehicle is available for statewide broadcast to the public and law enforcement 911 centers

Prior to activation, if the suspect(s) is/are identified, the requesting agency will immediately: Place the suspect in the temporary felon file in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)

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