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Blue Alert System test to take place in Minn.

Updated: August 15, 2019 08:00 AM

Thursday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will test a first-of-its-kind alert in the state.

The Blue Alert System, established in 2015, was designed to quickly get information out to the public when an officer has been seriously hurt or killed.

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Officials want to make sure the public knows what the system is, and exactly how it works, in case they ever need to activate it in Minnesota.

The alert was established as a tool to help locate suspects when a member of law enforcement is killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty.

BCA to test Blue Alert System Thursday

To activate the alert, authorities said an officer must have been seriously hurt or killed by an offender(s) or an officer is missing while in the line of duty under circumstances that would cause concern for the officer's safety.

Additionally, the alert would be activated if authorities thought the offender(s) poses or pose a serious risk to the public or other officers.

Information about the offender(s), including vehicle and license plate details as well as individual descriptions or photos, if available, would be sent as part of the alert.

"It's designed that that person might be dangerous, obviously, because they were committing an act of harming a police officer and we want to apprehend them quickly," Drew Evans, superintendent with the BCA, said.

The test will take place at 1:10 p.m., according to the BCA.

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