OnSolve Launches IPAWS Event Code to Improve Law Enforcement Officer Safety
New CodeRED with IPAWS capability allows state and local officials to alert the public if a law enforcement officer has been injured, killed or missing in line of duty
ORMOND BEACH, FL, March 20, 2019 – To better protect law enforcement officers and the citizens they serve, OnSolve has announced the availability of the Law Enforcement Blue Alert event code. This enhancement will be available for CodeRED with IPAWS customers as an option within the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The ‘Blue Alert’ event code provides state and local officials with the ability to alert the public when a law enforcement officer has been injured, killed or missing in the line of duty.
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in order to launch a Blue Alert the following criteria must be met:
- A law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty
- An officer is missing in connection with his or her official duties
- There is imminent and credible threat to cause death or serious injury to law enforcement officers
If one of these situations occur, law enforcement agencies can issue a Blue Alert to push real-time information to the public, like the location of the incident and any identifying information – such as suspect or vehicle description – for the public to help identify and spot possible suspects.
Blue Alerts will be transmitted to television and radio stations with EAS, and in a future IPAWS release, to cellphones and wireless devices with the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. Similar to current Amber Alerts for missing children, Blue Alerts enable agencies to rapidly disseminate information to other law enforcement agencies, the public and media outlets.
“OnSolve is committed to providing state and local officials with the most up-to-date and modern tools to not only protect citizens, but to rapidly respond when a law enforcement officer is in danger,” said Don Hall, Government Solutions Director, OnSolve. “Blue Alert reaffirms that commitment, as CodeRED with IPAWS customers have a new option to reduce risks that threaten public and officer safety.”
CodeRED with IPAWS enables federal, state, territorial and local-alerting authorities to warn the public about serious emergencies via the EAS, WEA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Collaborative Operating Groups (COG to COG) and other public alerting systems, all from one single interface.
To learn more about how your law enforcement organization can benefit from Blue Alert as part of the CodeRED with IPAWS tool, read our free eBook, Understanding IPAWS: Serve and Protect your Community.
OnSolve is a leading global provider of SaaS-based critical communication solutions for enterprise, SMB, and government customers. The company’s cloud-based software communications platform provides seamless and easy-to-deploy solutions for the exchange of critical information among organizations, their people, devices and external entities with use cases designed to save lives, enhance revenue and reduce costs. More information can be found on the company’s website at www.onsolve.com.
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