The Department of Justice on Friday rolled out a new system designed to more quickly give law enforcement information needed during a threat situation.
The National Blue Network will also be backed by the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The network will be similar to an alert someone would get on the television or radio for incoming severe weather. The "blue alert" will notify both law enforcement and the public about "imminent threats" against law enforcement.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said at a news conference they are looking into giving state and local authorities the option to use the alert via "broadcast, cable, satellite and wireline video networks." There will be an option to opt-in on a mobile phone as well, Pai said.
"It is impossible to measure the impact on our communities when an officer is killed in the line of duty," ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said. "It is a good day for law enforcement. It is even better for the American communities, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
Homan said there are currently 27 states that have their own law enforcement alerts, and the new network is a means to get consistency nationwide.