“In Missouri, if you attack a police officer, we will find you.”

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- In the aftermath of a violent year for Missouri law enforcement officers,  Governor Eric Greitens signed a bill into law that activated a “Blue Alert” system in the state. 27 other states have such laws that notify the public when an officer is harmed or killed.

“Last year, Officer Blake Synder was killed in the line of duty. Officer Mike Flamion was shot in the neck and paralyzed during a routine traffic stop. Officer Tom Lake was targeted and shot just for being a police officer. Our law enforcement officers need all of us to have their backs.

I was proud to sign Blue Alert legislation to alert the community when a coward assaults a police officer. I was also proud to toughen the penalties for anyone who harms a law enforcement officer in our state.

In Missouri, if you attack a police officer, we will find you. We will bring you to justice. You are going to prison. And you aren’t coming out for a long, long time. Proud to back the blue, ” Greitens said.

The new law creates the crime of illegal re-entry. Those  deported from the United States for committing a crime and return and commit a felony would also be charged with illegal re-entry in Missouri.

The offense  carries a three to seven years penalty.

The legislation additionally lists  museums that cater to children to the list of public places that convicted sex offenders are prohibited from entering.