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September 9th, 2009
KPD starts to 'nixle'

STAFF REPORT

KYLE — The Kyle Police Department (KPD) has joined the social networking age to alert Kyle residents and drivers about public safety related issues, missing or lost children, and traffic problems.

A new tool, nixle.com, will be used primarily for neighborhood crime alerts, traffic congestion, motor-vehicle crashes along the Interstate-35 corridor, Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts and other relevant community news.

Nixle is a community information service that operates similar to Twitter, offered at no-charge to law enforcement, government agencies and the public. The service provides for instantaneous messages to be sent out to anyone who signs up – or “follows” – the sender.

KPD Chief Michael Blake said the department created a Twitter account about four months ago as a means to provide such a service, but the KPD Twitter page was never activated, due to computer security issues that have unfolded in other jurisdictions.

Since then, Blake and the department have explored alternatives to provide a more secure platform for police to communicate with the public.

Residents and those driving to and from Kyle can sign up at www.nixle.com for e-mail alerts, text messages or both. While participation in the program is free and email alerts are of no cost, citizens are encouraged to check with their individual cell phone carriers regarding any text messaging rates that apply.

Citizen users are able to define their individual notification parameters and select as many or as few alerts as they wish to receive.

Nixle went online and nationwide in March, with 1,500-plus agencies now utilizing the service. While the KPD will use the service chiefly for neighborhood and traffic alerts, it could also be used in a limited way to seek the public’s help locating a missing child or catching a crime suspect.

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  1. I registered for Nixle to follow the Station fire and found it very informative and useful. The alerts are dependent on the agency, in this case the LA County Sheriff department, sending out the information in a timely manner. In the case of the Station fire, they did an awesome job! I would like to see Nixle in every community so I can get alerts from other areas that I’m interested in.

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