What are the criteria for issuing a Public Threat Alert?

The Public Threat Alert System will be activated through the Michigan State Police (MSP) Operations Unit upon request of a law enforcement agency, Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), or Regional Communications Center (RCC), when the following criteria are met:

  • A specific and identifiable threat exists (e.g. active shooter, mass shooting, bombing, etc.) that is not the result of a natural disaster (e.g. tornado, flood, etc.).
  • The threat is immediate and ongoing.  
  • The threat impacts the safety and welfare of the general public; not just a specific person(s). 
  • The suspect(s) have not been apprehended and remain a threat to public safety.
  • At the request of the responding agency, the PSAP or RCC has issued an area wide broadcast to law enforcement and 911 centers via the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN).
  • Sufficient information to protect the public from danger is available to disseminate.