AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will join the nation in observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Monday, January 13. AMBER stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response,” and was named for of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1996 in Arlington, Texas.
In the wake of Amber Hagerman’s death, law enforcement and media representatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area created the first AMBER Alert program, which served as a model nationwide for alerting the public about abducted children. Every U.S. state has an AMBER Alert program, along with several other countries. This year marks the 18th anniversary of Amber Hagerman’s abduction, which the U.S. Department of Justice designated as National AMBER Alert Awareness Day.
The Texas AMBER Alert Program was established by Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, complementing existing local AMBER Alert programs. DPS manages the statewide program and provides law enforcement a mechanism for rapid notification of the media and the public in these serious child abduction cases.
From 2002 through the end of 2013, 124 children have been recovered during 109 DPS activations of the Texas AMBER Alert Program. (Some alerts have involved more than one child.) Activation of the Texas AMBER Alert Network involves resources from the following groups:
If your child is missing:
DPS currently offers an email notification system that distributes AMBER Alert information at no cost to members of law enforcement, media and the public. Anyone wishing to become a subscriber can register online with a valid email address and zip code at http://www.dps.texas.gov/DEM/AMBERALERT/AMBERREGISTER.ASPX.
For more information on the Texas AMBER Alert Program, visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Operations/Alerts/index.htm.
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