N.Y. Executive Law Section 837-W*2
Blue alert system


1.

There is established within the division a blue alert system to aid in the identification, location and apprehension of any individual or individuals suspected of killing or seriously wounding any police officer.

2.

For the purposes of this section:

(a)

The term “blue alert” shall mean information sent through the blue alert system related to:

(i)

the serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty;

(ii)

an officer who is missing in connection with the officer’s official duties; or

(iii)

an imminent and credible threat that an individual intends to cause the serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer.

(b)

The term “law enforcement agency having jurisdiction” shall mean the chief law enforcement officer of the village, town, city, county, or the division of state police that is investigating an offense necessitating the use of a blue alert.

(c)

The term “law enforcement officer” shall mean a state or local police officer.

3.

Upon the request of a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction, the division shall issue a blue alert when public dissemination of available information may help avert further harm or accelerate apprehension of the suspect. Such blue alert may be disseminated on a regional or statewide basis. Nothing in this section shall require a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction to request a blue alert in any circumstance described in paragraph (a) of subdivision two of this section or to participate in the dissemination of information under the blue alert system.

4.

The division shall coordinate with the department of transportation, the division of state police, and police agencies, and may also coordinate with public commercial television and radio broadcaster organizations, to effectuate notifications under the blue alert system. Information disseminated pursuant to a blue alert may include, but shall not be limited to, a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle or license plate number and the name of the law enforcement agency that requested the alert.

5.

The division may coordinate with additional state agencies capable of providing urgent and timely information to the public, together with television and radio broadcasters and other private entities, where appropriate, and if authorized and under conditions permitted by the federal government, that consent to participate in the dissemination of urgent public information.

6.

The division shall develop criteria and procedures for activation of the blue alert system, and shall regularly review the function of the blue alert system and revise its criteria and procedures to provide for efficient and effective public notifications.

7.

The provisions of this section shall only apply in the event that the division has been designated to use the federally authorized Emergency Alert System for the issuance of blue alerts.

8.

The division is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of the blue alert system pursuant to this section. * NB There are 2 § 837-w’s

Source: Section 837-W*2 — Blue alert system, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EXC/837-W*2 (updated Jun. 30, 2023; accessed Jun. 8, 2024).

835
Definitions
836
Division of criminal justice services
837
Functions, powers and duties of division
837‑A
Additional functions, powers and duties of the division
837‑B
Duties of courts and peace officers
837‑C
Processing requests submitted by police departments
837‑D
Soft body ballistic armor vests for police officers
837‑E
Statewide central register for missing children
837‑F
Missing and exploited children clearinghouse
837‑F‑1
Missing vulnerable adults clearinghouse
837‑F‑2
Missing adults
837‑G
Livery vehicle safety training program establishment
837‑H
Livery vehicle safety training program
837‑I
Uniform parking ticket
837‑J
Parking violations enforcement and disposition program
837‑K
Safe house for children
837‑L
Capital prosecution extraordinary assistance program
837‑M
Reporting duties of law enforcement departments with respect to missing children and vulnerable adults
837‑M*2
Criminal history records search for certain employment, appointments, licenses or permits in the city of New York
837‑N
Criminal history information of caregivers
837‑O
Search for arson and sex offense conviction records of volunteer firefighter applicants
837‑P
Criminal history records search for certain licenses and registrations in the county of Westchester
837‑Q
Payments to Westchester county for policing special parkways
837‑R
Office of sex offender management
837‑S
Search for sex offense conviction records of emergency medical technician and other first responder applicants
837‑T
Use of force reporting
837‑U
The division of criminal justice services, in conjunction with the chief administrator of the courts, shall collect data and report annua...
837‑V
Report of discharge of weapon
837‑V*2
Reporting duties of law enforcement departments with respect to arrest-related deaths
837‑W
Technological viability of microstamping-enabled firearms
837‑W*2
Blue alert system
837‑X
Cooperation with certain out-of-state investigations
837‑X*2
Cooperation with certain out-of-state investigations
838
Identification of unknown dead and missing persons
838‑A
Maintenance of sexual offense evidence kits
838‑B
Victim’s right to notice
839
Municipal police training council
840
Functions, powers and duties of council
841
Functions, powers and duties of the commissioner with respect to the council
841‑A
Security guard advisory council
841‑B
Functions, powers and duties of council
841‑C
Functions, powers and duties of the commissioner with respect to the council
841‑D
Saving clause
842
Council rules and regulations promulgated by governor
843
Division homepage on the internet
844‑B
New York state committee for the coordination of police services to elderly persons
845
Central state registry of police officers and peace officers
845‑A
Presentment of flags lowered to half-staff in memorial of the death of any police officer or peace officer
845‑B
Requests for criminal history information
845‑C
Criminal history record searches
845‑D
Criminal record searches: reports for civil purposes
845‑E
Commercial security tax credit program
846
Programs for the aging
846*2
Programs for the aging

Accessed:
Jun. 8, 2024

Last modified:
Jun. 30, 2023

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