Saturday 25 November 2017

First national Missing Persons Day sees launch of new CRI Alert app

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

A new app for Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert will be available to download for free on most smartphone platforms from tomorrow.

The launch of the new app coincides with the inaugural national Missing Persons Day, which takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4.

Created with the assistance of the Vodafone Foundation Ireland, the new app aims to further increase the channels available to gardai for publicising a CRI Alert once it is launched.

The purpose of the CRI Alert is to seek the assistance of the public when investigating child abduction cases.

When the app is downloaded, the user will receive a notification when a CRI Alert is issued.

Users can also securely store up-to-date information concerning their own children for easy access for authorities should the need ever arise.

Commissioner Martin Callinan, Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence Alan Shatter, and Ms Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland will be in attendance at the launch ahead of the Missing Persons Day ceremony.

"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 50pc 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,” said Commissioner Callinan, who  has welcomed initiative.

Launched in May of last year by Commissioner Callinan, the CRI Alert system has been utilised twice since its inception - on 29th July 2013 and 28th November 2013.

Most recently, a Roscommon-based family were the subject of an all-Ireland alert after going missing with their mother. The three children were found asleep in the back seat of their family car by an off-duty police officer.

Irish Independent

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