We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women in our safety forces - they place their lives at risk each day helping to keep our communities safe. Recently, lawmakers approved legislation that recognizes the sacrifices made by law enforcement personnel and takes steps to protect them while on the job. Senate Bill 258 established a "Blue Alert" program in Ohio. The program, which is similar to systems operating in more than a dozen states, is a statewide alert system that is activated in the unfortunate event that a law enforcement officer is injured or killed while on duty and the suspect remains at large. When a Blue Alert is issued, existing broadcast systems - such as those used for Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts - will provide the public with a description and other information about the suspect. In addition to helping keep the public and other law enforcement personnel safe, the Blue Alert system will help reduce the amount of time a suspect is on the loose. The Blue Alert system will be used in conjunction with similar programs already used in several Ohio communities. The need for such a system is well documented. As members of the Senate were discussing the Blue Alert bill, a situation occurred in Lorain County in which a suspect in a shooting incident fled the scene after injuring a sheriff deputy. The gunman - who also attempted to break into a nearby home and barn - was finally located after a two-hour manhunt. An individual who is brazen enough to injure or even kill a police officer presents a danger not only to those in uniform, but to the public as well. While we hope that a Blue Alert will never have to be issued, having such a system in place will enable safety forces to apprehend dangerous individuals more quickly. The Blue Alert system underwent an internal test recently and the program went live this month. My colleagues and I in the Legislature will continue to work on legislation that assists our law enforcement personnel in protecting Ohioans while also ensuring officers' continued safety. As always, I welcome your thoughts and opinions on any of the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-7505, by e-mail at Obhof@OhioSenate.gov or in writing at Senator Larry Obhof, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capital Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing from you. -30Senator Obhof represents the 22nd Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Medina, Holmes and Wayne counties as well as portions of Ashland County. For more information, please visit http://OhioSenate.gov/Obhof.
Senator Obhof represents the 22nd Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Medina, Holmes and Wayne counties as well as portions of Ashland County. For more information, please visit http://OhioSenate.gov/Obhof.
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