Cardin Seeks National Alert For Slain Officers

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is announcing the introduction of a bill that would create a nationwide alert system after a law enforcement officer is injured or killed.

Cardin is scheduled to appear Monday at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Upper Marlboro to announce the National Blue Alert Act. The superintendent of the Maryland State Police and other law enforcement officials are also expected to attend.

The act is modeled on a system already in place in Maryland and about a half dozen other states. It’s similar to the nationwide Amber Alert system used for abducted children.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. CARDIN = IDIOT says:

    What is the purpose of this bill??? Does Cardin need campaign contributions.
    Where is there a need for a nationwide alert system when a law enforcement office is injured or killed.
    Is the perpetrator going to jump on a plane and travel the country looking for other officers to shoot??
    Stop wasting time with this bullsh**

    1. Kurt says:

      Yes, what is the purpose of this bill? This is shoddy reporting. The questions should have been anticipated and answers should have been provided in the original article. More American taxpayer dollars wasted. They would be better off setting up a program for which the slain officers family gets support.

      1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

        I could agree to a bill that allows a slain families well being cared for. Education expenses & living expenses should be guranteed for any officer killed in the line of duty. It is the least we can do to show our gratitude.

  2. Who's the idiot??? says:

    The only one wasting time is you with your thankless/thoughtless comment.

    1. Kurt says:

      It’s not a thoughtless comment when the public wants to know the purpose. Stop being so politically correct. If the public has to spend additional money on such, we should at least know why we are spending it.

  3. Melvin Colkley says:

    This bill is a complete waste of time and money. How often does a suspect who injures or kills a cop get away? Normally the entire force is on the scene in seconds, so what purpose does this serve? It’s not like it’s going to increase the safety of officers.

  4. Heather says:

    Maybe it’s just an FYI so those of us who are so preoccupied in life with trivialities can remember that there are men and women out there everyday putting their lives on the line to protect us all. I welcome the idea, after all, how much time and energy, and tax payers money, could it possibly take to type a few words and hit “send”?!?! Talk about idiots…

    1. Craig says:

      You are forgetting one very impoortant thing and that is the the “Government” will be typing this so therefore the cost will be 500 times what you think it will be and it will have to have various studies done and the writing of any such bills. Think about what you aresaying that the cost is minimal. There is no such thing with our government!!

  5. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Ben Cardin is a dope!…What in the hell does he do all day besides eat & drink at the expense of the tax payer. A career politician & thinking he is the half brother of Pierre Cardin the couture clothing designer. Old “Chrome dome”.

  6. Herman Glimsher says:

    WHY DON’T YOU INTRODUCE A BILL TO GET THE SHINES OFF THE STREETS OF BALTIMORE SO WE WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT COPS BEING SHOT!!!!

    OR, INTRODUCE A BILL LOWERING BUSINESS TAXES SO MORE COMPANIES WILL MOVE HERE AND CREATE JOBS!!!!!

    THIS IS JUST A WAY FOR CARDIN TO APPEASE THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY

  7. J says:

    This is a great Idea. I don’t understand what all the negative comments are for. This system is already in place in MD and a few other states. This alert system is designed to capture cop killers by having the public alert to the vehicle and tag number so they can help the cops spot the vehicle. This is necessary for the dozens of cops killed every year doing traffic stops on highways in the evening where there is no backup. Usually when police arrive to these scenes it’s because the officer is unresponsive on his radio or it’s phoned in by a passing motorist. They usually only have the tag number and vehicle description that the slain officer had put down. Issuing an alert only in MD to see if they can spot the vehicle might not do any good considering a traffic stop like this in say Hagerstown would mean the suspect could drive easily to WV, VA, PA. That’s why they want the national alert. The police force is already stretched thin, every other set of eyes they have on the road to help spot the vehicle helps a ton.

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