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911 Center to Text & Email Public Safety Alerts

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center initiated a new community communication service today that can notify the public immediately about everything from crime and amber alerts, weather and traffic advisory’s, or important community notifications via text messages or e-mail through Nixle.Com. Nixle is the first professional-grade mass communications system allowing the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies to communicate directly with a geographically specific portion of the community, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said. He compared Nixle to another social networking service, Twitter, where users write one another in 140 characters or less. Spike explained it’s similar to “a professional-grade Twitter,” He added that Nixle is secure and anyone who receives a message would know it’s coming from the Yates County 911 Communications Center. Users will not be able to respond to alerts, but they can call the Sheriff’s Office with tips, etc. The Sheriff urges Yates County residents to sign up for the free service, but standard text messaging rates apply. You control whether you get a text or an email, or both. “You subscribe to what you want, you can turn it off, and you can turn it back on.” According to Chief Dispatcher Sandy Smith “During winter weather storms as an example the 911 dispatcher can use Nixle to alert registered residents as to road closures or when traveler advisories have been issued. It also is a secure way for the Sheriff’s Office to reach out to people in times of crisis,” The information that goes out through Nixle is secured, so registered users can trust it. “Law Enforcement must broaden its use of technology for communications with the public we serve,” said Sheriff Spike. To register go to WWW. Nixle.com and follow the instructions.

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