Friday, February 14, 2014

Hailey police launch enhanced communications

Online program will provide advisory or alert notifications


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    The Hailey Police Department announced this month that it has launched a new web-based Nixle communications service to enhance communications with the public.
    “We are utilizing Nixle to provide the city of Hailey and surrounding area with information that is both proximate and personally relevant to our community,” Police Chief Jeff Gunter stated in a news release. “It’s a modern communication gateway for the community. This is one of several ways that the department is expanding its use of up-to-date Internet technology to enhance our communications with the citizens we serve.”
    Nixle is a free online notification service for law enforcement, governmental agencies and community groups. Users can sign up for email or text-message notifications in their area.
    To register for Nixle, go to www.nixle.com and register an email and/or cell phone number. Then, enter a zip code to see what agencies in the area are using the service.
    Gunter said the police department does not have access to information on who has signed up for the service.
Messages can be placed in three different categories: advisory, community or alert. Alert messages are used for weather warnings, traffic accidents, road closures, missing children or criminal notifications.
    “It’s a one-way communication device,” Gunter stated. “You can’t email or text back a message. It is our hope that this service will help our department maintain a high level or standard of service that we strive to provide. We are asking citizens to consider participating in this program to help us inform them of the important information that involves the community.”




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