Senator Gayle Manning and Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera watch as Lorain FOP President Kyle Gelenius testifies before the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee in favor of Senate Bill 258.
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State Senator Gayle Manning (R - North Ridgeville) announced that the Ohio Senate voted yesterday to approve Senate Bill 258, which would establish a statewide "Blue Alert" program in the state of Ohio. Manning co-sponsored the bill with Senator Tom Patton (R - Strongsville).

A Blue Alert uses existing broadcast systems to provide a description and other information about a suspect in the event a law enforcement officer is injured or killed while on duty and the suspect remains at large. Similar programs are already in operation in more than a dozen other states.

"If a criminal is willing to attack a trained law enforcement officer, then I believe they pose an even greater threat to the general public," Manning said. "This bill will help reduce the time these individuals are on the loose and provide an additional tool to help keep our law enforcement officers safe."

Prior to receiving a vote on the Senate floor, a hearing on the bill was held in the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee. During that hearing, Chief Cel Rivera of the Lorain Police Department and Lorain FOP President Kyle Gelenius appeared before the committee to urge support of the bill. Rivera and Gelenius brought the idea for Senate Bill 258 to the attention of Senator Manning. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine also testified in support of the legislation.

Senate Bill 258 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. Legislation to create a national Blue Alert Program is currently pending in the U.S. Senate.
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