Amber Plan for Texas

updated 3/16/15

WebsiteTexas AMBER, Blue, Silver & Endangered Missing Persons Alert Programs
Administrating AgencyTexas Department of Public Safety
ContactSam Allen
Texas Department of Public Safety
Steps for ActivationThe below procedures should be used by a law enforcement agency when requesting activation of the state’s AMBER Alert network:

* Fax the AMBER Alert Request Form to the State Operations Center (SOC), Texas Division of Emergency Management at (512) 424-2281 or (512) 451-2291.
* Email available photographs of the missing child and suspect to the SOC at
* Contact the SOC at (512) 424-2208 or (512) 424-2277 to ensure the AMBER Alert Request Form was received.
* Ensure appropriate entries are made within the Texas Crime Information Center and National Crime Information Center (TCIC/NCIC).
* Inform the SOC of any updates, to include when the child or suspect is located.
* AMBER Alerts issued by the State Network have a maximum activation period of 24-hours. All requests for extension must be accomplished on or before the last 23-hour reminder from the SOC.

It is important to contact your regional program (if available). Texas regional programs are an effective tool, providing the public with rapid alert notifications through organized local resources. Each regional program operates independently of the State Network and must be contacted separately to request activation.

To verify if your agency has access to a regional program, contact the SOC at (512) 424-2208 or (512) 424-2277.
Criteria for ActivationA requesting law enforcement agency must meet all the below criteria in order to activate the State AMBER Alert Network:

1. Is this child 17 years of age or younger, whose whereabouts are unknown, and whose disappearance law enforcement has determined to be unwilling which poses a credible threat to the child’s safety and health; and (i) if abducted by a parent or legal guardian, was the abduction in the course of an attempted murder or murder? OR

2. Is this child 13 years of age or younger, who was taken (willingly or unwillingly) without permission from the care and custody of a parent or legal guardian by:
* someone unrelated and more than three years older,
* or another parent or legal guardian who attempted or committed murder at the time of the abduction?

3. Is this child in immediate danger of sexual assault, death or serious bodily injury?
4. Has a preliminary investigation verified the abduction and eliminated alternative explanations for the child’s disappearance?
5. Is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public to help locate the child, a suspect, or the vehicle used in the abduction?
Scope of Amber AlertStatewide

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