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The purpose of the Blue Alert Notice System, as documented in NDCC 54.12.32, is to establish a quick response and notice that is issued after an individual has threatened a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, used a deadly weapon against a law enforcement officer, caused a law enforcement officer to suffer serious bodily injury or death, or the officer has been abducted or is missing while on duty, and the individual has left the scene of the offense.

Blue Alert Activation Criteria

Upon the request of a law enforcement agency that is investigating an offense against a law enforcement officer, the bureau of criminal investigation shall activate a blue alert public notice to aid in the apprehension of an individual who is a suspect in an offense if:

  1. An individual has threatened a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, has used a deadly weapon against a law enforcement officer, has caused a law enforcement officer to suffer serious bodily injury or death, or the officer has been abducted or is missing while on duty;
  2. The individual has fled the scene of the offense and a description of the individual or the individual's vehicle is available for broadcast;
  3. The law enforcement agency investigating the offense has determined the individual poses a threat to the public or other law enforcement personnel; and
  4. Dissemination of available information to the public may help avert further harm or assist in the apprehension of the suspect.

Blue Alert Activation