Cicilline & Upton’s Bipartisan Active Shooter Alert Act Creates a New Public Safety Alert System
WASHINGTON, DC – This National Police Week, Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Fred Upton (MI-06) will join with law enforcement officials to highlight the importance of creating a national active shooter alert system, so that every local law enforcement agency has access to tools to better respond to mass shootings.
According to the FBI, there were 40 active shooter events in 2020. The Bureau defines an active shooter event as an incident where “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” These incidents put a huge strain on our law enforcement officials. Among the many challenges facing law enforcement during these crises is preventing additional victims from unknowingly walking into the line of fire. Law enforcement and other independent review commissions have urged improvements in emergency communications systems.
The Active Shooter Alert Act, introduced by Reps. Cicilline and Upton in February, would create a program similar to the AMBER Alert system for law enforcement to alert the public to active shooters in their community.
A press conference will take place on Thursday, May 19, 9am at House Triangle, U.S. Capitol Grounds on H.R.6538, the Active Shooter Alert Act