Should we have a Blue Alert in Wisconsin?

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Photo: Augusta, Maine Police Department

Today (May 16) marks the final day of Police Week. Friday was Peace Officers Memorial Day.  President Trump declared on May 8, 2020:

  “…we commend the brave men and women of our law enforcement community for continually summoning the courage to fulfill their solemn oath to protect and serve. We also pause to remember all those who have lost their lives and who have suffered permanent disabilities defending their communities and the rule of law, including the heroes we have lost this year to the coronavirus.

“Throughout our Nation’s history, law enforcement officials have never wavered in the face of crisis or tragedy. During uncertain times, law enforcement officers bravely face challenges and continue to protect the American people. They steadfastly ensure the safety of our communities, providing a much needed sense of security for our citizens, and our country is extremely grateful for their efforts.”

In his declaration President Trump also mentioned The National Blue Alert Network thatsupports the use and integration of Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to rapidly disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public to aid in the apprehension of violent criminals who have killed, or seriously injured an officer in the line of duty. Blue Alerts can also be issued when a suspect poses an imminent and credible threat to law enforcement, or when an officer is missing in the line of duty. Blue Alerts can be transmitted to television and radio stations; to cellphones and wireless devices, to overhead highway message signs, and other secondary alerting mechanisms – in the same way that AMBER Alerts are commonly issued.”

Thirty-five states (35) belong to the network. Strangely, Wisconsin is not one of them. I believe this is state legislation worth exploring.

Supporting our Police – This is Officer Develle. What’s your emergency?


The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

But, whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes,
He stood there on Christmas Eve hating the Whos,

Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown
At the warm lighted windows below in their town,

For he knew every Who down in Whoville beneath
Was busy now hanging a hollywho wreath.

“And they’re hanging their stockings,” he snarled with a sneer.
“Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!”

Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
“I must find some way to keep Christmas from coming!
Boris Karloff in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 1966

That’s pretty scary stuff, especially to a 5-year old boy.

So much so that he picked up the phone and dialed 9-1-1.

How did the officer on the end of the line handle the situation?

She made a house call…

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Read all about it.

Supporting our Police – Superheroes to the rescue


Earlier this month California was ravaged by wildfires.

Santa Rosa was hit very hard.

Jim Stites watches his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa, on Monday, October 9, 2017. (Photo: Sonoma Magazine)

Liliana Contreras and three of her children, from left, Edali, 6, Gloria, 2, and Johana, 9, hold each other as they view their burnt out home in the Coffey Lane neighborhood in Santa Rosa on Monday, October 9, 2017. Contreras and her family were able to evacuate to safety in the early morning. (Photo:  Sonoma Magazine)

Homes couldn’t be saved. But Halloween was.