The National Blue Alert Act of 2013 is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives of the 113th United States Congress on January 4, 2013. The bill instructs the Department of Justice to create a national Blue Alert communication system under the direction of a national coordinator.

What is a Blue Alert?

“A Florida BLUE Alert has been issued for Othal Wallace, last seen in the area of the 100 block of Kingston Avenue in Daytona Beach, Florida, wearing a yellow shirt and dark beanie,” reads the brief, before going on to offer more details and advising readers to contact law enforcement immediately if he is seen.

1. A law enforcement officer must have been: seriously injured; killed by a subject(s); or become missing while in the line of duty under circumstances causing concern for the law enforcement officer’s safety.

2. The investigating agency must determine that the offender(s) poses a serious risk to the public or to other law enforcement officers, and the alert may help avert further harm or assist in the apprehension of the suspect.

3. A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle or other means of escape (vehicle tag or partial tag) must be available for broadcast to the public.

4. The local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction must recommend issuing the Blue Alert.