Michigan State Police Now Sending Alerts When Active Shooter Present

Michigan State Police are taking an extra step to make sure the public is safe when there’s a threat in the area.

The state police agency is going to send out text messages when there are active shooters in the area.

The effort was inspired by February’s shootings in Kalamazoo, where six people died and two more were hurt.

Local police will pass along vital information to state police, who will then send out text alerts.

The measure went into effect on Wednesday.

“Heed the warning on the alert. Make sure you pay attention to the alert and don’t ignore it,” Michigan State Police Sergeant Steve Arendt said. “These alerts are automatically sent out, you don’t have to opt into the alert. So you’ll be notified if there’s an alert.”

State police will also alert radio and TV stations.