The CLEAR Alert is implemented by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). Formally, the acronym “CLEAR” stands for Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue. Informally, the letters reflect the first letter of the names of recent victims of violence: Cayley Mandadi, D’Lisa Kelley, Erin Castro, Ashanti Billie, and the Rest (the other unnamed adults whose lives might have been saved if the CLEAR Alert had existed at the time of their deaths).
TxDPS press release announcing the CLEAR Alert.
Texas has now become the first large-population state in America to enact an adult kidnapping interdiction mechanism as strong as what the CLEAR Alert represents, and to provide a rescue mechanism for adults whose lives are endangered in other situations as well.
Please see our sister website ClearAlert.org for further details on the implementation and evolution of the CLEAR Alert.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) administers the CLEAR Alert, but effective public safety programs are not built by regulatory agencies functioning in isolation. Public-private coordination can extend and amplify outreach and program effectiveness. With this goal in mind, Cayley’s Calling was incorporated in January 2020 as a nonprofit entity to support adult alert-related educational and operational initiatives, and to engage in victims’ advocacy.
Photo courtesy of TxDPS Facebook page (2019 CLEAR Alert launch press conference).