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A Preview of the New TV and Radio Spots for Wisconsin's Crime Alert Network


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has launched, as part of its Public Education Program through the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, radio and TV spots to promote the new Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN). The spots are scheduled to begin airing throughout the state on April 9, 2012.


The TV spot illustrates how a Crime Alert can help to protect a neighborhood from thieves when a family receives an alert, complete with an image of the suspects' van and a description of the criminal activity.


You can preview it at the web address below:


“This public education program demonstrates one way in which the Crime Alert Network, by sharing information with individuals, can help them protect their families and their property. A similar system has proven successful for law enforcement in Minnesota for years, and it already has helped solve crimes here within the last several months,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “We hope Wisconsin residents take advantage of this new service designed to serve them and their local law enforcement partners.”


With the WCAN, law enforcement officers issue alerts at no cost to them either by fax, e-mail or text message to individuals and business owners, who may enroll online to receive alerts at a cost of $12 a year. Subscriptions fund operation of the system. To enroll or to learn more about the WCAN, visit the following website:


Media wishing to schedule an interview about the WCAN may call Dana Brueck at 608-266-1221.