State Senate passes bill to create Blue Alert - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State Senate passes bill to create Blue Alert

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill to create a Blue Alert system.

The alert would be used to alert the public when a police officer has been killed or gone missing, and when a suspect, considered to be an imminent threat, is on the loose.

Senate President Donald Williams hailed the Senate's passage of the bill.

"The manhunt that ensued after the Boston Marathon bombing highlights the need for this bill," he said. "The public played an important role in helping bring to justice an armed and dangerous suspect that injured a police officer and countless others. While I hope we will never have to use the Blue Alert system, it is important to have it in place to ensure the public and other law enforcement departments are well informed."

At least 15 states have a Blue Alert system, including California, Colorado and Delaware.

Now, the bill heads to Gov. Dannel Malloy's desk.

To read the full bill currently awaiting Malloy's consideration, click here.

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