Over the next several days, digital billboards in Cleveland, the Akron-Canton area, Columbus, and 17 other major cities nationwide will display criminals wanted by the FBI, missing persons, or high-priority messages, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The FBI is teaming up with Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company, which is donating the space. The billboards also will feature photographs of missing children and a 24-hour hotline number for the public.
The agency launched the project after a successful test in September in Philadelphia, where electronic images helped the agency nab a handful of wanted criminals. Other cities to feature the billboards include Albuquerque, Atlanta, Chicago, Des Moines, El Paso, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Newark, Orlando, Orlando, Tampa, and Wichita.