Governor Haley signed the South Carolina Blue Alert System into law in February following a unanimous vote of the House and Senate.
Similar to an Amber Alert for locating endangered missing children, a Blue Alert
warns the public about suspects accused of killing, seriously injuring or kidnapping a law enforcement officer.
With a Blue Alert, television and radio broadcasters can quickly disseminate information on a suspect, and the information can be displayed on electronic traffic signs. Supporters say the program will make it harder for suspects to escape and easier for officers to make a quick arrest.
SLED, in charge of administering the system, has developed criteria for issuing a Blue Alert and activating Department of Transportation road signs statewide.
South Carolina joins about a dozen other states to adopt the alert system, including Georgia, Florida, Virginia and Tennessee.