Alabama alert aims for those who hurt officers

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 17, 2010

MONTGOMERY(AP) — Gov. Bob Riley plans to sign an executive order to create a new system that will help apprehend criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers.

Riley will sign an executive order at 3 p.m. Friday that would create the Blue Alert system in Alabama.

The alerts would be activated when a local, state or federal law enforcement officer has been killed or seriously injured in Alabama and the suspect is at large.

Riley will be joined by Jim Fezatte, whose son James was killed in the line of duty in 2008 while working for the Millbrook Police Department.

Riley will also sign a proclamation declaring May 9-15 as Blue Ribbon Week in Alabama.