Ohio House Approves Manning-Patton 'Blue Alert' Measure
NEW ALERT SYSTEMS GEARED AT PROTECTING OFFICERS, PUBLIC
February 15, 2012
 
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Legislation that will establish a "Blue Alert" system for Ohio garnered approval this afternoon from the Ohio House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Senators Gayle Manning (R - North Ridgeville) and Tom Patton (R - Strongsville), Senate Bill 258 previously earned unanimous support from the Ohio Senate.

Under the plan, existing broadcast systems will be used to provide the public with details regarding the identities of individuals suspected of killing or injuring an on-duty law enforcement officer. More than a dozen states have already implemented similar programs.

"Communities across Ohio enjoy peace and security thanks to the selfless service of our men and women in uniform," Manning said. "By implementing a system such as this, we will finally be providing our officers with the sound protection that they deserve."

Senator Patton also added his thoughts on the legislation's merits.

"I feel that anybody willing to harm an armed officer would have little hesitation in targeting an unarmed citizen. Legislation like this will help in deterring such acts of violence."

Manning and Patton worked with Chief Cel Rivera of the Lorain Police Department and Lorain FOP President Kyle Gelenius in crafting the legislation. The bill has also received the endorsement of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Senate Bill 258 now awaits the signature of Governor John Kasich.
 
 
 
  
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