Texas AMBER Alert Network

Governor Rick Perry established the Texas AMBER Alert Network in August 2002 to provide rapid notification of abducted child cases to the media and the public. On March 31, 2003, the Texas Lottery Commission joined the Texas AMBER Alert Network. 

Through this network, more than 17,000 lottery retailers statewide have become an important part of the state’s efforts to help find abducted children.

Here's how the Texas Lottery Commission participates:

  • When a local law enforcement agency has a report of an abducted child, it can activate the network with one call to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), which has been tasked by Governor Perry with managing the statewide system.
  • Once the DPS confirms that the network should be activated, a message is sent to the Texas Lottery Operator's Control Room.
  • Lottery Operator staff send a message to the lottery retailers' Enterprise Series Multi Media (ESMM) monitors and lottery terminals.

Did you know?

The Texas AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert Network was created in honor of Amber Hagerman who disappeared from her Arlington neighborhood in 1996. A neighbor was able to provide some details of the vehicle and a description of the suspect to local law enforcement, but unfortunately no system was in place to get that information to the media and the public quickly. Amber's body was found four days later.

To learn more about the Texas AMBER Alert Network, you can visit the following websites:

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/Operations/Alerts/index.htm

http://gov.texas.gov/cjd/programs

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