COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A new law in Ohio creates an alert program to spread information to help find missing law enforcement officers and people suspected of seriously hurting or killing officers.
The Blue Alert Program is similar to the Amber Alert system used to share information about people who go missing. The new system would help the government and radio and television broadcasters publicize information such as a description of a suspect or the circumstances of a law enforcement officer's disappearance.
Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) signed the measure into law Friday. It was passed unanimously by the Legislature.
The chairman of the Ohio House public safety committee has said the measure should improve safety and help bring people to justice if they hurt law enforcement.