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"Blue Alert" system announced

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Federal officials announced Friday the rollout of a nationwide alert system to help catch suspects accused of killing, hurting or threatening law enforcement officers.
    It's called the "Blue Alert Network."
    It's patterned after the Amber alert system; sending information about any dangerous suspects to law enforcement agencies, media members and you.
 "I've carried a badge and gun for 33 years. I know what it's like to be on the street, I know how dangerous of a job it is to be a street cop.  Today is long past due, it's a good day for law enforcement and it's even a better day for the American communities and I'm proud to be part of it," said ICE acting director Thomas D. Homan.
    President Obama signed off on the system in May of 2015.
    27 states already have Blue Alert plans.
    Wisconsin is not one of them, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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