ST. LOUIS, Missouri- On the heels of two Missouri police shootings on Sunday, Governor-elect Eric Greitens expressed support for law enforcement across the state and urged that a ‘Blue Alert’ system, similiar to Amber Alerts, be adopted to give warning about possible imminent danger for police.
“Two police officers in our state were shot yesterday. In Gladstone and in St. Louis, two families, and two departments, spent the night in worry and fear. These officers left their homes and stepped into the dark to protect us.
In the face of this violence, we must take action. We must stand up for those who stand guard for us. In the year ahead, my administration will push for the strictest possible punishments for anyone who assaults a police officer.
My administration will also work with the legislature to establish a “Blue Alert” system, similar to Amber and Silver Alerts, that would send out emergency notices to speed up the capture of anyone who shoots a police officer. Twenty-seven other states have such a system in place, and it is time Missouri do the same.
Today, Sheena and I ask that Missourians pause to remember the men and women who keep us safe. If you see an officer, thank them for the work they do and the risks they take. Consider donating or volunteering your time to a charity that supports police. Go for a ride-along and see what police officers see every single day. Above all, keep the two officers in Gladstone and St. Louis and their families in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
To those in law enforcement: We have your backs, and we’re going to fight for you. Always.”