ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — A statewide test for the Blue Alert System is happening at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
Blue Alert is a tool to help locate suspects when a local, state, or federal officer is killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty.
The Blue Alert System has never been activated since it was established in 2015.
Officials said they’re testing the system to make sure that it works as expected, and to ensure that Minnesotans are familiar with a Blue Alert if it is ever issued.
In an actual Blue Alert, details of an incident would be included along with any photos, suspect information, vehicle information, and information relevant to public safety and awareness.
Electronic highway message signs would also be activated in the event of the Blue Alert. Thursday’s test will not include messages on the highway.