"Blue Alert" bill signed into law
Representatives of the Kentucky State Police were on hand Thursday as Gov. Steve Beshear signed the â€œBlue Alertâ€ into law. Senator Ray S. Jonesâ€™ legislation, Senate Bill 32, creates an emergency alert system to help catch persons suspected of injuring or killing a police officer.
Modeled after the Amber Alert, the Blue Alert System would utilize law enforcement communication systems, electronic highway signs and media providers across the state to spread information after an officer has been reported wounded or missing. The bill is named in honor of Kentucky State Police Trooper Jonathan K. Leonard who died on December 19, 2006 in a motor vehicle collision while in the line of duty. Senator Jones represents the 31st district that includes Johnson, Martin and Pike counties.