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BCA to test Blue Alert System Thursday

BCA to test Blue Alert System Thursday Photo: KSTP-TV

Updated: August 13, 2019 09:32 AM

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced it will conduct a statewide test of the Minnesota Blue Alert System on Thursday.

The test will take place at 1:10 p.m., according to the BCA. The alert was established in 2015 as a tool to help locate suspects when a member of law enforcement is killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty. However, there haven't been any Blue Alert activations since it was implemented.

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According to the BCA, the test is to ensure the system activates as expected and help Minnesotans become familiar with what they'd see and hear if a Blue Alert was actually issued.

For a Blue Alert activation to occur, the following criteria must be met:

  • A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously wounded by an offender(s) or is missing while in the line of duty under circumstances evidencing concern for the officer's safety.
  • The investigating agency must determine that the offender(s) poses a serious risk to the public or other officers and dissemination of available information to the public may help avert further harm or assist in apprehending the offender.
  • A detailed description of the offender's vehicle or other means of escape, including at least a partial license plate number, must be available to provide to the public.

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