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Cannelton Police Department sends high-tech notifications

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Nixle allows residents to receive information quickly

CANNELTON – The Cannelton Police Department is using 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 them to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell-phone text messages or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s website at www.nixle.com.

Messages may include information on criminal activity as well as other relevant safety and community event information.

“The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group,” Chief Lee Hall said.

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, he explained. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, by email, text message, or over the Internet.

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,” Hall said.

Residents of Cannelton and neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.

“We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself,” the chief said.