BCA to test Blue Alert System Thursday

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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.


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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