Muņoz, Jr., Sergio
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/13/2014
LEAD BY REPRESENTATIVES LUCIO & MUÑOZ, LOCAL OFFICIALS OFFICIALLY CREATE RIO GRANDE VALLEY REGIONAL ALERT SYSTEM TASK FORCE
WESLACO, TX— On Wednesday June 11, 2014, the offices of Representatives Lucio and Muñoz met with law enforcement, emergency management, and bridge officials from across the Rio Grande Valley to discuss the progress of the Regional Alert System for the Rio Grande Valley. The pair of state lawmakers are glad to announce that the group has decided to establish the first official Task Force for developing and enforcing the guidelines of the proposed Regional Alert System.
"I am excited to see the consistent progress and development of this task force, and I strongly believe that we will establish a system that will prioritize, protect, and preserve the safety of the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley," said Representative Lucio
The Task Force consists of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator, Mission Police Department, Pharr Police Department, the Anzalduas and Hidalgo International Bridges, the Pharr International Bridge, Harlingen Police Department, Edinburg Police Department, Cameron County Emergency Coordinator, Raymondville Police Department, and the Palm Valley Police Department.
Of the alert system, Rep. Muñoz said “The RGV Regional Alert System will be an additional tool for law enforcement agencies to use in an effort to recover missing or abducted persons. I am confident that the recently created Task Force will develop a system that is responsive and responsible. They have my complete support and appreciation.”
"We would like to personally thank the founding members of this Task Force for their commitment to developing our initial Regional Alert System. Additionally, we are proud of the representation from each county (Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy) by law enforcement officials that continue to seek improved safety in our local communities," said the two State Representatives.
Currently there are 17 regional alert systems across the State of Texas, serving a majority of Texans by providing alerts in those respective regions. Each of the alert systems, including the statewide system managed by the Department of Public Safety, are modeled after the original Amber Alert System created in the Dallas area in 1996.
RICHARD P. SANCHEZ