JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new system will soon alert Missourians when a law enforcement officer is killed or injured.
Gov. Eric Greitens on Friday signed a bill creating the “Blue Alert” system. Similar to Amber Alerts, the system would notify the public when someone who injured or killed a law enforcement officer is on the run.
The alert system was part of several crime-related changes to state law approved by the Legislature in May. The law also increases penalties for assaulting law enforcement officers.
Another part of the law creates a crime of illegal re-entry. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports if a person is deported from the U.S. for committing a crime and returns to the country and commits a felony, they would also be guilty of illegal re-entry in Missouri.