First there were AMBER Alerts for missing children. Next came Silver or Gold Alerts for missing disabled or elderly people. Now there are Blue Alerts for people committing serious crimes against law enforcement.
Texas is following Florida’s lead by launching a statewide Blue Alert network — a technological program similar to the Amber Alert that will be used to help find suspects accused of killing or seriously hurting police officers.
Gov. Rick Perry announced the program’s launch Monday. The technology, which takes effect immediately, will allow information about a wanted offender’s vehicle to be rapidly broadcast across the state on computerized traffic signs and in media alerts.
Often time the justification for not activating too many AMBER Alerts is the public will be desensitized. So apparently Legislators need only to change the name or purpose for that not to happen.