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Thursday 17 April 2014

Garda Commissioner launches new child rescue app

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Photo: Conor Ó Mearáin
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

A new free smartphone app that allows users to receive CRI (Child Rescue Ireland) alerts direct to their phone was launched.

The smartphone app was created with the assistance of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, and is available for free on Apple, Android and Windows Media platforms. It further increases the channels available to Gardaí for publicising a CRI Alert.

The app utilises two strands – a notification for when a CRI Alert is issued, and a space to securely maintain up-to-date information (including photos) concerning your own children for easy access (by the phone’s owner only) should the need arise.

The notification section will include details of children who are the subject of a CRI Alert. People who have downloaded the app will be notified each time a CRI alert is updated with the latest information.

They will also be able to share these CRI Alert updates with their Facebook friends.

Commissioner Callinan has today welcomed the smartphone app initiative:

"Strict criteria must be met before the CRI Alert is issued. If these criteria are met, CRI Alert information is distributed by An Garda Síochána to the public through a range of communications channels.

With this launch today we now have an additional means of getting the message of the CRI Alert to the public in the form of a smartphone App. Over 50 percent (50%) of the public in Ireland own a smartphone and as a result the potential for quickly reaching vast numbers of the population with critical information is enormous.”

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, TD, said: "I know that the use of social media has an integral and significant role in the effective operation of the CRI Alert, and the App we are launching today is another important component in that system.”

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