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Posted on: January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017 is AMBER Alert Awareness Day in Texas as proclaimed by Governor Greg Abbott

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Twenty-one years ago, in Arlington, Texas young Amber Hagerman lost her life when she was abducted and brutally murdered near her home. Her tragic death resulted in the creation of the first AMBER Alert Program in Texas, and in 2002 the statewide Texas AMBER Alert Network was established. The Texas AMBER Alert Network is coordinated by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Today, Texas has 18 independent regional AMBER Alert networks working alongside the state’s network. The State Operations Center (SOC) works closely with law enforcement across Texas to confirm requests for activation of the state network and to communicate critical, life-saving information to state and federal law enforcement, public, media, social media users and partner agencies that immediately disseminate an alert. Since the state program’s inception through the end of 2016, 154 children have been safely recovered. 

 In an effort to significantly increase the likelihood of finding abducted children, the SOC also shares statewide AMBER Alert activations and information via Twitter. Please follow @TX_Alerts to receive AMBER Alert activations and critical information that will help safely recover children in danger. If you witness an abduction or if you locate the child, suspect, or possible vehicle fitting the description described in the alert, immediately call 911. Every passing moment is essential in the safe return of a child.

More information about the Texas AMBER Alert Network can be found at http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Operations/Alerts/index.htm

*Information courtesy of State of Texas SOC
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