This Sunday is National Amber Alert Awareness Day. The day, named by the U.S. Department of Justice, is meant to remind Americans that Amber Alerts are an important tool in recovering children who have been abducted.
Members of the general public can sign up to receive Amber Alerts via text messages on their wireless telephones. To sign up, (click here).
The wireless industry has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide this service.
The Amber Alert system was used successfully for several years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area before a state plan went into effect in August 2002. The state plan is meant to complement, not replace, local and regional plans.
Activation of the Texas Amber Alert Network is a massive cooperative effort involving:
Since the Texas Amber Alert Network's creation in 2002, DPS has issued 35 state-involved Amber Alerts, and 38 children who were featured in Amber Alerts have been safely recovered. The vast majority of requests made by local police agencies for state-involved Amber Alerts are declined because they do not meet the state criteria.
The criteria to issue an alert involving State of Texas assets:
If your child is missing:
Federal public service announcements regarding the Amber Alert program can be found on the U.S. Department of Justice website, (click here)
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