The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began issuing Blue Alerts on July 1, 2011 as established by TCA 38-6-122 requiring the agency to develop a system for the rapid dissemination of information to the public to assist in apprehending violent criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers in the line of duty or to aid in locating a missing officer where foul play is involved. The program uses the statewide infrastructure of the existing AMBER Alert system which pushes out critical information to citizens to assist in locating a missing child who is in imminent danger.
Blue Alerts are issued by the staff in TBI’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, who after determining a warranted Blue Alert, will activate the alert on TBI’s website, email law enforcement and media details of the incident and activate the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Smartway Signs in the region where the offense occurred. When TBI receives a request from a law enforcement agency that a death or serious injury of a law enforcement officer has occurred, administrators will ensure that the Blue Alert criteria has been met, then proceed issuing the alert.
Note: All of the following criteria must be met in order to activate a Blue Alert.