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Police Activity Direct by Text

May 29, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Police Department is using a communications service that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents. The Nixle Community Information Service allows us 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.

Messages may include Lost or Missing Persons information, traffic hazards and delays, emergency situations as well as other relevant safety and community event information.

We rely heavily on information we receive from citizens in helping us solve crimes said Chief Steve Smith. “We also strive to be transparent and push information out a fast as possible; this is just another tool for us to use to help us keep the community informed.”

The service is secure, reliable and easy to use.

The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ 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 can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.

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 our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.

Residents of Blythe, and those in neighboring communities, can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering online at Nixle’s Web Site.  

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. For more information, visit Nixle’s Web Site.

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