On August 18th, 2009, Governor Rick Perry signed Executive Order RP-68, implementing the “Blue Alert” Program in Texas. The Blue Alert Program is a means to speed in the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously wound local, state, or federal law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Modeled after the AMBER and Silver Alert Programs, a Blue Alert utilizes a vast array of public and private notification technologies (with the exception of EAS), to alert Texas citizens of the suspected assailant, facilitating their rapid apprehension by law enforcement.
The State Network has the ability to disseminate the Blue Alert to any geographical area in Texas, based upon investigate recommendations. Not all activations are considered “statewide”. Once the Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed that a request for activation of the State Network meets criteria, the State Operations Center (SOC) immediately notifies the following within the advisory area: