After two police officers were recently shot in St. Louis and Gladstone, Gov.- elect Eric Greitens is calling for an emergency alert system that will help law enforcement more quickly apprehend someone who has injured or killed an officer.

The “Blue Alert” system is similar to Amber and Silver alerts, which help police find missing children and senior citizens, respectively. The alerts would go out statewide and include information describing the offender and his vehicle.

Twenty-seven other states have the system, and Greitens vowed to work with the Legislature to put it into place in Missouri.

“We must stand up for those who stand guard for us,” Greitens said. “In the year ahead, my administration will push for the strictest possible punishments for anyone who assaults a police officer.”

In St. Louis, a 20-year veteran police sergeant was shot in the face. A suspect was later killed in a shootout with police.

In Gladstone, a Kansas City suburb, a police officer and suspect were shot during a traffic stop. The suspect was killed.

Both officers are expected to recover. It is unclear whether a “Blue Alert” system would have helped officers find the suspects in either case.

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