Toronto Police Service 9-1-1 Video/poster campaign contest
The purpose of this contest is to engage the youth of Toronto in increasing public awareness about the proper usage of the Toronto Police Service emergency number (9-1-1) and the non-emergency numbers (416-808-2222 and *687).
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Have you ever called the police? Would you know which number to use? It’s important to know how to call for help.
Here's an opportunity to GET CREATIVE! Bring your best ideas, and help us to educate others by creating and submitting a video or poster for one or more of the following themes:
- Proper use of 9-1-1
- Which number should be used: emergency or non-emergency
- Calling the police from your cellular phone-avoiding pocket dials, when to dial *687
Your video/poster should be original, creative, eye-catching, and educate and encourage people to use the proper number for calling the police.
- The contest is open to residents of the City of Toronto between the ages of 10 and 24 years. Employees of the Toronto Police Service’s Communications Services and Corporate Communications units, their immediate family members and those with whom they are domiciled, are not eligible to participate in the contest.
- Entries may be submitted by a single person or team.
- Limit of three (3) contest entries per person/team, with only one (1) prize per person/team allowed.
- Submitted video/poster entries must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. The Toronto Police Service will determine, in its sole discretion, what constitutes such content.
- The contest opens September 9, 2012 and entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2012. To be considered eligible, each entry must be accompanied by a completed contest entry form at the time of submission.
How to Submit an Entry
- Entries may be submitted in person or by mail to:
- Entrants under the age of 18 years at the time of submitting an entry must have their parent/legal guardian sign the entry form and all other required documents.
- Video entries must be no longer than one (1) minute in length and cannot exceed more than 100 MB of file size. Videos must be in a format suitable for upload to YouTube. This includes, but is not limited to, the following formats: MPEG-4 and WMV.
For a full list of acceptable formats, please refer to: Supported YouTube formats
For details on specifications, please refer to: Simple encoding tips
- Videos may also be submitted on DVDs in video format, not data format.
- Videos encoded in proprietary formats requiring special viewers will not be accepted.
- Poster entries may be hand drawn or digitally designed and must be no larger than 22" x 28" (standard bristol board size).
- Recommended formats for digitally designed posters are: .ai, .eps, .pdf, .jpg. Print-friendly, high resolution formats are preferred.
Winner Selection and Qualification
- The judging panel will consist of personnel from the Communications Services and Corporate Communications units of the Toronto Police Service. Judges will review all eligible entries for originality, creativity and theme content.
- Prize winners will be contacted by email or phone no later than November 23, 2012, and will be required to complete and return a release form in order to claim their prizes. Winners will be required to attend Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, to claim their prizes. They will also be required to attend a media presentation that will take place on or about December 10, 2012 (time to be announced) to reveal the winning submissions and to award the prizes. Prize winners under the age of 18 will be required to attend with a parent/legal guardian.
- Winners must respond within five (5) days of being notified. If no response is received within that time, a winner will be disqualified and another entry will be selected.
- Prize winners will be required to provide proof of identification. Photo identification will be required for the parents/legal guardians of prize winners under the age of 18.
- Prizes will be awarded in three (3) age categories
- 10 to 13 years of age: An OWL magazine gift pack, courtesy of Bayard Canada. Two prizes will be awarded in this category: One (1) for winning poster and one (1) for winning video.
- 14 to 17 years of age: A Blackberry Bold 9790, courtesy of Bell. Activation and service plans are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Two prizes will be awarded in this category: One (1) for winning poster and one (1) for winning video.
- 18 to 24 years of age: A Blackberry Bold 9790, courtesy of Bell. Activation and service plans are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Two prizes will be awarded in this category: One (1) for winning poster and one (1) for winning video.
- Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are not refundable, transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash or credit. The Toronto Police Service reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute for any prize with another prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion.
- Prizes are provided to the winners without warranty.
Promotion and Privacy
Contestant's Personal Information
- Each entrant will be required to provide the Toronto Police Service with his/her name, mailing address and e-mail address for the purpose of contest administration.
- Winners' names and photographs will be published on the Toronto Police Service website at http://www.torontopolice.on.ca and may be publicized in any other reasonable manner the Toronto Police Service considers appropriate for the purposes of the contest.
Others' Personal Information
- Entrants must obtain a written consent or release from all identifiable persons, 18 years of age or older, whose images are used in any entry.
- Entries that include identifiable children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by written consent from each child’s parent/legal guardian.
- Submitting videos/posters for this contest constitutes confirmation by entrants that they have received the proper written consent and release for all recognizable individuals for use of their images in the videos/posters, and that they are aware of the Toronto Police Service's contest rules and the potential uses of the winning entries.
Copyright and Use of Videos/Posters
- Contest entries will be posted for public viewing on Toronto Police Service websites and may be publicized in any other reasonable manner the Toronto Police Service considers appropriate for the purposes of the contest.
- Entries must be the original creation of the entrant/team. Videos/posters created by a third party source are not to be submitted. The entrant/team must be the sole owner(s) of all rights to the videos/posters.
- All entries received for this contest become the property of the Toronto Police Service and will not be returned to entrants.
- Entering the contest constitutes an agreement by each entrant/team to give a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to the Toronto Police Service, and anyone it authorizes, to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, including the Internet, for any Toronto Police Service purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion. Such license is provided without any fee or other form of compensation or any requirement for additional approvals.
- Entrants waive all moral rights in their winning entry and must ensure that any other person with any moral rights in such entries has also waived such rights.
- In the event that ownership of, or rights to, any video/poster submitted to the contest is contested in any manner, the Toronto Police Service retains the sole discretion to disqualify the video/poster from the contest and discontinue its use.
- Entrants will hold the Toronto Police Service harmless from any infringement of any copyright or moral rights in the videos/posters they submit.
General Terms and Conditions
- Entering the contest constitutes agreement by each entrant that they are bound by the contest rules. Entrants further agree to be bound by the decisions of the judging panel, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
- The Toronto Police Service reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that it believes has not complied with the contest rules. If a contest winner is disqualified after the contest prize is awarded or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these rules.
- Entering this contest constitutes agreement by each entrant to hold harmless the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Services Board, the City of Toronto, and their respective employees, agents and representatives from all responsibility and liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from, or in connection with, the entrant's participation in the contest, including infringement of another person's intellectual property rights. Entrants also release the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Services Board, the City of Toronto, and their respective employees, agents and representatives from all responsibility and liability for any injuries, losses, damages, injuries, claims or causes of actions of any kind that the entrant may incur or suffer, arising in whole or in part, from participation in this contest or the use or acceptance of any prize.
- The Toronto Police Service reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice for any reason whatsoever, without any liability to entrants for any costs they may have incurred in respect to the contest.
- The Toronto Police Service is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that affect the contest or participation in it. Furthermore, the Toronto Police Service is not responsible for (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries.
- The Toronto Police Service may interpret these rules as required and its decisions are final.
- Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. These rules are subject to change without notice in order to comply with any applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.
- Disputes arising from the contest will be resolved in the courts of the Province of Ontario and are subject to the laws of that Province.
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