On Long Island, law enforcement and elected leaders declared that "blue alerts" would now be issued to ensure that the public was informed of anyone suspected of killing or injuring officers.
It's legislation that has been years in the making for people who risk their lives every day in New York. In a rare instance of bipartisanship, politicians and law enforcement thus unveiled the new plan on Friday.
It functions in a manner akin to the amber alert system, a communications barrage that enables common people to assist. Bruce Blakeman, the executive of Nassau County, stated, 'We want them to call 911 if they get this alert, they see something, and they know what's going on.'
The Shocking Murder of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos And Wenjian Liu
The shocking murders of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn more than 8 years ago prompted the creation of the blue alert. President Barack Obama made the announcement and invited all states to participate. Currently, 37 of them have, including Connecticut and New Jersey, but oddly not New York, where that incident is said to have inspired the idea.
What caused the delay? Patrick Ryder, the commissioner of the Nassau County Police, commented. He accuses Albany of passing recent laws that hindered rather than aided the police.
The police commissioner in Suffolk County likewise felt comforted at the idea of sparing any police officer and their family from the worst-case scenarios.
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