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Governor Greitens officially signs 'Blue Alert' bill into law

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An O'Fallon, Missouri Police Department badge after a St. Louis County officer was shot and killed Thursday (Credit: O'Fallon Missouri Police Department) An O'Fallon, Missouri Police Department badge after a St. Louis County officer was shot and killed Thursday (Credit: O'Fallon Missouri Police Department)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Governor Eric Greitens signed a bill to promote public safety and protect police officer into law on Thursday.

The bill creates a "Blue Alert" system to give other law enforcement agencies and the public an alert when a law enforcement officer has been assaulted.  The law also enhances the penalties for assaults on law enforcement officers.

Missouri becomes the 28th state to adopt the system.

“If this new system brings just one officer safely home, or prevents one more name to be added to that wall down the street, it's worth it," said Thomas Homan, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Today is long past due, it's a good day for law enforcement and a better day for American communities."

The new network will connect Blue Alert plans across the country and help coordinate cross-state investigations.

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