It is fascinating when the debate ensues regarding whether an Amber Alert should have been issued or not. While there is merit in not abusing the system, the Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS, has only issued Amber Alerts for 27 children since August 2002. That is 27 alerts over 47 months or 1 every 1.75 months. Texas unlike some states, such as Colorado, does not post the total number of missing children each year.
Since January of 2002, California has issued 90 Amber Alerts or 1 every .75 months and recovered 117 children.
Toddler didn’t meet Amber Alert criteria
Irving: Case lacked proof of kidnap, but chief says he ‘couldn’t rule it out’
“….The Irving Police Department could face an informal reprimand for issuing an Amber Alert for 2-year-old Elian Majano, who disappeared from a park more than a week ago and is still missing….”The Texas Department of Public Safety operates its own statewide Amber Alert system with even stricter rules. Elian’s case would not have been eligible for that alert because a description of the suspect is required.Lisa Block, a DPS spokeswoman, said that such stringent standards ensure that the system isn’t overused and remains effective. Since the system was created in August 2002, DPS has issued Amber Alerts for 27 children. Twenty-five were returned safely, one child was killed and one is still missing. ..”
Apparently not everything is bigger in Texas.