In response to legislation enacted September 1, 2011, the Texas Department of Public Safety implemented the Endangered Missing Persons Alert Network as a means to assist law enforcement in the recovery of missing persons with an Intellectual Disability. Endangered Missing Persons Alerts typically resemble those alerts issued for abducted children (AMBER Alerts), using similar notification technologies (with the exception of EAS) to alert the public.
The State Network has the ability to disseminate the Endangered Missing Persons 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: