'Blue alert' proposed for attacks on GA police

Chattahoochee Hills police officer Mike Vogt shot to death earlier this week.

A north Georgia senator is proposing legislation to create a state-wide alert system to speed the apprehension of criminals who kill or seriously injure local, state, or federal law enforcement officers.

Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga is introducing Senate Bill 397 on behalf of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.

Similar to the Amber Alert law, the proposed Blue Alert would activate Georgia Department of Transportation message boards and other state messaging systems to notify the public when a police officer has been killed or seriously injured and the perpetrator is at large.

A Chattahoochee Hills police officer was shot to death in his car earlier this week, and a $35,000 reward is being offered in the case. No arrests have been made. The shooting would have activated a Blue Alert if the law had been on the books.