Comcast's Video on Demand service has found a new utility besides entertainment: fighting crime. Dubbed Police Blotter on Demand, users can view "most wanted" fugitives by pressing the Get Local section on their remote and find instructions on how to make anonymous tips.
Thus far, Comcast's efforts are paying off. As a result of viewer tips from the cable MSO's Police Blotter On Demand, U.S. law enforcement have nabbed about 90 fugitives to date.
Already available in 24 markets, including Philadelphia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Delaware and Sacramento, Calif., Comcast's Police Blotter On Demand is now coming to Washington, D.C. Since being launched in D.C., Comcast's Police Blotter has listed profiles of 22 "most wanted" criminals and one missing person. Each month, new criminal profiles are added and when a "most wanted" criminal has been apprehended, that particular profile is removed from the listing.
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