Clear Channel Outdoor and FBI Partnership Has Led to the Arrest of Thirteen Fugitives
Parties Agree to Extend One-Year Agreement
PHOENIX .– Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO), today announced that it has renewed its agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to display “wanted” messages on all of its digital billboards across the country. Since the agreement was formed one year ago, the initiative has led to the successful apprehension of thirteen criminals as a direct result of information displayed on Clear Channel Outdoor’s digital billboard networks in Akron, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay.
On Friday March 20th, 2009 Clear Channel Outdoor was awarded one of the first nationally recognized Director’s Community Leadership Awards at the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. for their development and ongoing support of the FBI’s wanted messaging program on their digital outdoor networks.
“We’re impressed with how effective Clear Channel Outdoor’s digital billboard networks have been in delivering security messages that have led to the capture of dangerous fugitives,” said Brett Hovington, FBI Community Relations Unit Chief. “The versatile technology allows concerned citizens across the country to act immediately when they have critical information for law enforcement.”
“The success of our partnership with the FBI in assisting the apprehension of dangerous fugitives has far exceeded our expectations, said Paul Meyer, President and CEO, Clear Channel Outdoor for the Americas. “The ability to provide the travelling public with current law enforcement and other critical emergency messages within minutes after the need arises and to update those messages just as quickly has been an invaluable public service to the 27 communities where we operate our digital billboard networks. We are dedicated to expanding this initiative to every market in which we do business.”
With approximately 350 total displays, Clear Channel Outdoor’s digital billboard networks are being embraced rapidly by many municipal governments as the technology affords transportation agencies, police departments and other emergency services an extraordinarily effective means of quickly reaching people away from their homes with important public safety messages. Immediate notification of severe weather conditions, highway closures due to traffic incidents, disaster preparedness needs, and AMBER Alerts for missing or abducted children, can all be delivered to tens of thousands of motorists in real time by utilizing digital billboards.
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