AUSTIN (AP) – Texas Department of Public Safety officials are joining law enforcement around the nation in observing National Amber Alert Awareness Day.
Amber alert, which stands for “American’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response,” was created by DFW area law enforcement and media representatives in 1996. It followed the kidnapping and slaying of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman.
Since then, every state has adopted the program. Texas Gov. Rick Perry established the Texas Amber Alert in 2002, complementing existing programs already in place.