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FCC Proposal to adopt "Blue Alerts" into the Emergency Alert System Supported by NPSTC

Date: 2017-08-11
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The FCC seeks comment on a proposal to adopt a new Emergency Alert System (EAS) event code that will allow transmission of "Blue Alerts" over EAS to the public. A Blue Alert is a voluntary notification to the public when a member of law enforcement is missing, in imminent danger from a credible threat, or has been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The Commission also requests comments on the implications of transmitting Blue Alerts over the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system. 

NPSTC supports the Commission's proposal to add a dedicated Blue Alert code to the Emergency Alert System as has also been requested by the Office of Community Oriented Policing (The COPS Office) . The lead law enforcement agency at a given incident must have the discretion whether or not to issue a Blue Alert as there may be instances in which doing so would be counterproductive to law enforcement safety. NPSTC also supported the issuance of Blue Alerts over the Wireless Emergency Alerts system as the pubic increasingly uses wireless devices to monitor and access information. NPSTC recommended the Commission continue to coordinate with the COPS Office as it finalizes decisions in this proceeding. 

Review or download the FCC’s Fact Sheet concerning this Blue Alert Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposal here

Download a pdf file containing the NPSTC’s full comments in response to the FCC’s NPRM for the Blue Alerts proposal here

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, 8/7/17)

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