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KYLE — The Kyle Police Department (KPD) is launching an interactive public safety alert system that will enable the public to report suspicious activities through an anonymous text messaging code.

The Kyle Alert Network, said city officials, is designed to keep the community connected and informed through opt-in e-mail, text message and web published public safety alerts. Interested persons can sign up for The Kyle Alert Network for free via a dedicated web page link on the Kyle Police Department website at www.cityofkyle.com/police.

“The Kyle Alert Network is a great tool that will help or police officers receive crime tips quicker while also allowing residents to stay abreast of suspicious activities in their area,” Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said. “The more residents that subscribe to this service, the more effective it will be. I hope we all subscribe to the Kyle Alert Network”

Subscribers can sign up to receive alerts from the KPD by e-mail or as a text message to a cell phone. They also can receive neighborhood only or citywide alerts, as well as surrounding city alerts that are on the “CitizenObserver” alert system.

The Tip411 program will enable the public to submit anonymous tips to the KPD by text message. City officials said the Tip411 program is not a replacement for dialing 911 in an emergency, though the technology will allow interested persons to communicate potentially helpful information.

City officials said the Tip411 program is 100 percent anonymous because the technology removes all identifying information before the KPD sees it. When a tipster texts KYLEPD and a message tip to 847411 (tip411), the police receive the message and can respond to the tipster, who remains anonymous.

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