It’s Not Friday the 13th, It’s Amber Alert Awareness Day

AUSTIN (Ben Caxton) — The Texas Department of Public Safety joins the country today in observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day, in remembrance of the 1996 abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas. In response to Amber Hagerman’s death, law enforcement and media representatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area created the first AMBER Alert program, which served as a model nationwide for alerting the public about abducted children. All 50 U.S. states and several other countries have an AMBER Alert program. Since it’s inception statewide in 2002, 154 children have been safely recovered during AMBER Alerts issued by DPS. DPS Director Steven McCraw said “We are grateful to the people of Texas, whose vigilance continues to help protect our most vulnerable population – our children.”

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