When and Why Law Enforcement Sends out Alerts

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Updated: 1/28/2014 1:58 pm
        Some residents in Madison County had a hard time going back to sleep last night after receiving a code red alert from the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The suspect was later apprehended, but we wanted to know more about code red alerts and how law enforcement decides to send them out.

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This is the code red alert residents in Hibbard and those within a three mile radius received just before 2 a.m.

"For our agency basically we look at what is the danger to the public, what is the danger to the victim, and the suspect in some cases” said Captain Bruce Bowler.

In this case, the suspect deputies were looking for was on foot.

"We have had this happen in the past where they steal other people's cars, so just try to alert people in the area" continued Bowler.

Deputies try to zone in the area where the residents who will be the most affected live.

"We use code red not just for suspects, if we have lost people, that's a danger that we look at" said Bowler.

Captain Bowler says these automated emergency phone calls have helped them out a lot in the past.

The sheriff's department says sending out the code red alert this morning didn't lead them to the suspect, but they are sure people who heard it went and locked their doors.
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