Gov. Rick Perry

today launched the Blue Alert network, pursuant to Executive Order RP

68. The program will enable rapid, statewide distribution of

information related to offenders who flee after killing or seriously

injuring federal, state or local law enforcement officers in the line

of duty.

“Each day when they put on their uniforms, our law

enforcement officers place themselves in harm’s way to protect and

serve the people of Texas. In turn, Texans should have the opportunity

to do their part to help these officers in their time of need,” said

Gov. Perry. “The Blue Alert Program will be a powerful tool that

leverages the eyes and ears of many toward the apprehension of

criminals who threaten our protectors.”

Based on the successful

AMBER and Silver Alert programs, the Blue Alert network is a

cooperative effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS),

Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and Texas Department

of Transportation (TxDOT). DPS and GDEM are currently recruiting 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 assist in spreading

offenders’ information.

Upon Blue Alert activation, the

offender’s vehicle information will be displayed across the state

primarily via TxDOT’s dynamic message signs and media broadcasts.

Alerts will also instruct individuals with information related to the

offense to contact local law enforcement via 911. Activation of the

network will be terminated upon apprehension of the suspect, evidence

the assailant has left the state, or determination that the alert is no

longer an effective tool for apprehending the suspect.

Blue Alert Network Activation Criteria (all criteria must be met to activate):
• A law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured by an offender

The investigating law enforcement agency determines the offender poses

a serious risk or threat to the public and/or other law enforcement

• A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag or partial tag is available for broadcast to the public
• The investigating law enforcement agency or jurisdiction submits a Blue Alert request to GDEM.