Amber Alerts: Loto-Québec in partnership with police departments



    MONTREAL, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Loto-Québec signed a partnership
agreement yesterday with Québec's various police forces - the Sûreté du
Québec, Montreal Police Service and the RCMP - to assist them in Amber Alerts
when children are victims of kidnapping and their lives are in danger.
    This partnership involves making available to police forces the
Corporation's network of lottery terminals - including the new terminal that
is equipped with a consumer facing display screen.
    "The object of this partnership is to locate children who have been
kidnapped as quickly as possible, and to ensure that these crises are resolved
without harm to the victim," commented Loto-Québec President and CEO Alain
Cousineau. "We hope that our contribution will allow Québec's police forces to
receive the information they need from the population with all due speed."
    According to the Sûreté du Québec, there is no doubt that the
participation of Loto-Québec and all its other partners will help police gain
precious time by communicating instantly with a very large public in order to
acquire information that may be of use in the successful pursuit of their
searches.
    Thanks to technology implemented by Loto-Québec, an Amber Alert can be
deployed in less than ten minutes over the entire network of 8,934 terminals
throughout the province. Loto-Québec will broadcast a description of the
child, the suspect being sought and, depending on individual circumstances,
the vehicle involved, over its network of new terminals that have been
installed in all lottery retail businesses in Québec. In accordance with
current norms, this information will be displayed for two hours. Moreover, a
section of Loto-Québec's web site will be dedicated to the Alert Amber program
and contain pertinent information about it.


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For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Rivet, Assistant Director, Media
Relations, Loto-Québec, (514) 499-5079; Communications Department, Media
Relations, Sûreté du Québec, (514) 598-4848


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