Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari was one of many law enforcement officials who joined U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) in calling for a nationwide Blue Alert system to help capture violent criminals who have injured, killed or made threats against police officers.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Based on the success of the Amber Alerts for missing children, The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 would create a nationwide Blue Alert system to disseminate critical information to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media.
“I stand firmly in favor of creating the National Blue Alert System immediately,” Schillari said at a press conference in Clifton on Tuesday.
“When a police officer is the victim of a violent crime or is the subject of a violent threat, the rapid dissemination of critical, time-sensitive information about the suspects could help avoid a tragedy or ensue that a criminal is swiftly brought to justice.”
The legislation is named in honor NYPD Officers Ramos and Liu who were tragically murdered while sitting in their squad cars just before Christmas last year.
Other officials in attendance included Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnick, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino and officials from of the Port Authority Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Fraternal Order of Police, among other local departments.