Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Joins 27 Other States with 'Blue Alert' System for Violence against Police

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Joins 27 Other States with 'Blue Alert' System for Violence against Police

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JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri soon will have a system to notify the general public when a law enforcement officer is killed or injured.

Patterned after the Amber Alert system for missing children, the so-called "Blue Alert" law was signed Thursday by Gov. Eric Greitens, who had championed the idea.

The measure was part of a package of crime-related changes to state law approved by members of the House and Senate in May.

In addition to the Blue Alert plan, the new law creates the crime of illegal re-entry. Those who are deported from the United States for committing a crime and then return and commit a felony would also be guilty of illegal re-entry in Missouri.

The offense would be a class C felony, punishable by three to seven years.

The measure also adds museums that cater to children under 18 to the list of public places where sex offenders are banned. …

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