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WPD able to contact public in an instant

January 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The police department will utilize a new communications service that allows police personnel to send important, valuable community information directly to residents.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows police to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com.
Messages may include missing persons, parking bans and traffic advisories as well as other relevant safety and community event information, accorinding to a press released from police spokesperson Det. Jamie Paone.
The service is secure, reliable and easy to use, Paone said.
The 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. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.
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 Woonsocket police via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
Residents of Woonsocket and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.

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