• FBI Salutes Clear Channel Outdoor

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) honored the Las Vegas office of Clear Channel Outdoor for helping law enforcement after the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas and also for fighting human trafficking.

    Clear Channel Branch President Adam Barthelmess was scheduled to accept an FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award on April 20 at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.

    After the massacre in Las Vegas, the FBI turned to digital billboards to generate tips from the public about the shooter.  Aaron Rouse, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Las Vegas, said the goal was to “reach as many people as we possibly can.”  More than 4,000 tips poured after the FBI displayed a call-in number on billboards, according to Stephen Richardson, the FBI’s Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division.

    Nationwide, the FBI and other law enforcement use donated digital billboards to communicate with the public.  Currently, the US Marshals Service activated digital billboards in multiple states as part of the search for a fugitive wanted in connection to a murder.

    For years, Clear Channel Outdoor has donated space to help fight human trafficking, including in Las Vegas.

    Both US senators from Nevada praised Clear Channel Outdoor for its public service work.

    Sen. Mastro with Adam Barthelmess, Clear Channel Outdoor Las Vegas

    Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, published a statement in the Congressional Record on April 18, praising Clear Channel as part of the rebuilding effort after the mass shooting:

    I am proud of how our community came together, of how law enforcement acted to protect lives and ensure that residents and visitors felt protected following such a tragic incident. I am also proud of the Clear Channel Outdoor-Las Vegas staff, who joined as part of our community effort, answering the call to assist local law enforcement and educate our community at large. Clear Channel Outdoor-Las Vegas’s actions helped rebuild and strengthen the bonds that make Las Vegas the beautiful place we call home.”

    Insider’s take: Kudos to Adam Barthelmess and Clear Channel Outdoor for an effective public service campaign.  Don’t be shy about pointing out the crime stopping, public service benefits of digital billboards.

    Insider Update – Just learned this morning that the woman sought by U.S. Marshals, has been captured.

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