Taylor police using new electronic service to alert residents

The Taylor Police Department is utilizing a new communications service that allows officers to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.

The Nixle Community Information Service allows Taylor police to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com.

Messages may include alerts on wanted persons, missing children, serious events in a neighborhood, major road closures and other relevant safety and community event information.

“There are some things that we want the community to know faster,” said Detective Lt. Mary Sclabassi. “As a police department, we need to make sure we keep up with technology and use it as effectively as we can. This is just one of many things we’ve done in the past year to keep up with electronic advances.”

More than 1,000 agencies across the country have tested and enacted Nixle for their departments, including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis and Virginia Beach.

The service is reliable and free. Nixle is not like Twitter, which is a separate social networking application.  Twitter does not take geography into consideration, and it’s a mass system where you follow an organization or a person. The Nixle system is secure group text messaging.

The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a quarter-mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers also can choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message or over the web.

There is no spam and no hidden cost. Standard text messaging rates do apply.

Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from the Police Department via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.

“Nixle is a first-of-its-kind tool for communities that need to provide critical information to their residents,” said Craig Mitnick, Nixle founder and CEO. “In today’s world, you have to trust the source of your information. Residents of Taylor can rest easy that the local messages they receive are authentic.”

Taylor residents and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email and web by registering at www.nixle.com.   

About Nixle

Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via Web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. It has been endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Privately funded Nixle, which has offices in New Jersey and California, is free to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.