RP68 - Relating to the creation of the Blue Alert Program.
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
Austin, Texas August 18, 2008
Relating to the creation of the Blue Alert Program.
WHEREAS,law enforcement officers protect and serve the people of Texas; and
WHEREAS,those same law enforcement officers face possible death or serious injury at the hands of violent criminals; and
WHEREAS,when called upon, the people of Texas offer their support and assistance to law enforcement officers in many effective ways;
NOW THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following:
Creation. The Blue Alert Program is hereby created as a means to speed the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure local, state or federal law enforcement officers.
Purpose. The Blue Alert Program is a cooperative effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM), broadcasters, private companies, associations and the general public. Using media broadcasts and TxDOT’s dynamic sign system, each Blue Alert will blanket the state with information identifying the vehicle of the suspected assailant of a law enforcement officer, thus hindering the suspect’s ability to flee the state, facilitating the suspect’s speedy capture and helping to eliminate the threat the suspect would otherwise pose to Texas communities and other law enforcement personnel.
Activation Criteria. All the following criteria must be met for activation of a Blue Alert. A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured by an assailant. The investigating law enforcement agency must determine that the assailant poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel. A detailed description of the assailant’s vehicle, vehicle tag or partial tag must be available for broadcast to the public. The investigating law enforcement agency or jurisdiction must submit a Blue Alert recommendation to GDEM.
Blue Alert Program Details. Upon activation, the identifying vehicle information will be displayed across the state via media broadcasts and TxDOT’s dynamic message signs. DPS and GDEM will recruit Blue Alert partners among public and commercial television and radio broadcasters, private commercial entities, local, state, and federal government entities, and any others who can help spread information about the assailant. Blue Alerts will also instruct individuals with information to contact local law enforcement agency via 911. Blue Alerts will be terminated upon the apprehension of the assailant, upon evidence the assailant has left the state or a determination that the alert is no longer effective in apprehending the assailant.
The Public. The keen eyes of the public are key to the success of the Blue Alert program. After a Blue Alert has been issued, the public is encouraged to be on the look-out for the assailant and to report any information to law enforcement via 911.
Termination. Any Blue Alert may be cancelled by the reporting law enforcement agency or by the director of GDEM acting as the statewide coordinator of the Program.
This executive order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, superseded by me or by a succeeding Governor.
Given under my hand this the 18th day of August, 2008.
RICK PERRY (Signature)
ESPERANZA “HOPE” ANDRADE (Signature)
Secretary of State
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