The six Texas DPS alert programs

A closer look at each alert program

VICTORIA, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety sends out alerts to notify the public of missing person cases, promoting tips and leads to law enforcement.

There are currently six different alert programs.

The first one is the AMBER alert program, this alert is the most recognizable, created in 2002 the AMBER alert is America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER). The alert is named after Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was kidnapped and killed in 1996. Hagerman’s case remains unsolved.

  1. The AMBER alert, created in 2002, is to inform the public of serious child abductions and serves as the role model for the next alert programs.
  2. The Silver alert, created in 2007, the Silver alert was designed to notify the public of missing older adults with a documented mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
  3. The Blue alert, created in 2008, Blue alerts is designed to notify the public of violent criminals who kill or seriously wound law enforcement officers.
  4. The Endangered Missing Person alert, created in 2011, this alert is to notify the public of those with intellectual disabilities that are prone to wander into unsafe environments.
  5. The Camo alert, created in 2019, this alert notifies the public of missing current or former members of the United States Armed Forces.
  6. The Clear alert, created in 2019, this alert assists law enforcement in locating missing, kidnapped or abducted adults between 18-64 years old. This alert was created to close the gap between missing children and missing seniors.

For all of these alerts, you can report any sightings by calling 9-1-1 or the number included with the alert.

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