A statewide, cooperative, effort aimed at quick action in the case of an assault on law enforcement is now operational. Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Sandra Karsten says the “Blue Alert System” works under the same principle and use the same technology as an AMBER Alert. The goal, according to Colonel Karsten, is to use text messaging, MoDOT message boards and the media to get vital information out instantly to the general public after an incident. The information will include a description of the offender, the offender’s vehicle, and license plate number. A “Blue Alert” can be issued, under Missouri Statute, if certain criteria are met such as a law enforcement officer being killed or seriously injured, missing or the subject of an imminent and credible threat. The “Blue Alert System” was signed into law July 6th by Governor Eric Greitens.