Columbus - 
State Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) announced today she has recently introduced Senate Bill 258, legislation that would establish a "Blue Alert" Program in Ohio. The program, which is currently in operation in more than a dozen other states, is a statewide alert system that is activated in the event a law enforcement officer is injured or killed while on duty and the suspect remains at large. "Each day, law enforcement personnel across the state place their safety at risk as they work to protect Ohioans," Manning said. "This legislation will provide additional tools in those instances when an officer is involved in a serious incident while on duty, reducing the time suspects are on the loose and helping to foster greater cooperation among law enforcement agencies." When activated, a Blue Alert providing a description and other information about the suspect would be issued over existing broadcast systems. The statewide system would be used in conjunction with similar programs already in use in communities in Ohio. Manning introduced her bill after learning about the program from Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera and Lorain FOP President Kyle Gelenius. Rivera and Gelenius joined Manning and State Senator Tom Patton (R- Strongsville) at a press conference last week where Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his support for such a program. Legislation is also pending in the U.S. Senate that would create a national Blue Alert Program. Senate Bill 258 will now be assigned to a Senate committee for further review.
Senator Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Lorain and Huron counties as well as portions of Seneca County. For more information, please visit
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