MD Lottery Partners with State Police to Expand AMBER Alert Visibility [VIDEO]Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Maryland’s AMBER Alert program has expanded significantly its reach as a result of the joint effort between the Maryland Lottery and the Maryland State Police. The alliance between the two state agencies was announced today at Lottery Headquarters in Baltimore.
Using the Maryland Lottery’s new Lottery InMotion™ technology, AMBER Alerts now are displayed within 15 minutes of notification on the Maryland Lottery’s 17-inch flat panel color monitors. The monitors are currently located at more than 3,700 Lottery retailers, including gas stations, convenience stores, bars & restaurants and other venues across the state. This joint effort significantly expands AMBER Alerts’ visibility and helps to communicate instantly vital information about a missing child to a statewide audience. When fully implemented, AMBER Alerts will be displayed on more than 4,200 Lottery InMotion™ screens throughout Maryland.
Lottery Director Stephen Martino along with Lieutenant John Wilhelm, commander of the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section, and Bob Hoever, associate director of special projects with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), participated in the conference, which also was streamed live on livestream.com/mdlottery.
“We’re proud to be a part of this effort,” Martino said. “It’s gratifying to lend our support and resources to the AMBER Alert program and assist to bring a child home safely.”
“Partnerships are vital to the success of any endeavor, especially one involving law enforcement, the public and the search for a missing child,” said Colonel Marcus L. Brown, superintendent of the Maryland State Police. “This innovative technology will establish a more efficient communication between our citizens and the police, intensifying the efforts we can make together to safely locate Maryland’s missing children even sooner.”