The Ohio General Assembly approved legislation Wednesday to create an alert system that is used when a suspect has injured or killed a police officer.
State Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), whose son was a Cleveland Heights Police officer and died while chasing a suspect in 2010, sponsored the "Blue Alert system." A portion of Mayfield Road was renamed "Officer Thomas F. Patton II Memorial Highway" in September in the officer's honor. State Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) also sponsored the legislation.
“Much like Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts, Blue Alerts utilize broadcast alert systems to relay information about the suspect to the public in a timely manner,” according to a press release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office.
Ohio will join 13 other states that have Blue Alert systems, including Alabama, California, Maryland, Tennessee and Texas.
To read the full press release, visit the Ohio Attorney General website.