Regional
4:45 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Las Cruces Police Using New Community Information Service

Las Cruces – The Las Cruces Police Department and the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority are now using a new communications service that is capable of sending important and valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technologies.

The Nixle community information service allows LCPD to communicate directly with residents via cell phone text messaging and electronic mail. Notifications also can be found online at Nixle's Website, www.Nixle.com.

"We're taking advantage of today's technology to better communicate with the public," said Las Cruces Police Chief Richard Williams. "This free service will allow us to inform the public, immediately if necessary, on matters that are important and potentially life-saving. We encourage our residents to register with Nixle to receive this information."

Registering with Nixle is free and available to anyone who receives text messages or e-mail. And anyone with Internet access can read local alerts online on Nixle's Website.

Subscribers to the text and e-mail messaging service can be assured that Nixle is a secure site and they will not receive any spam. There are no hidden costs but standard text messaging rates, in accordance with the user's cell phone plan, do apply.

One feature of Nixle allows LCPD to send messages to residents who reside within a quarter mile radius of a specific address. This feature could be beneficial in alerting the residents of a missing child, a sudden road closure or other potentially vital information.

The Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, the public service answering point for local 911 calls, frequently sends Nixle messages from other law enforcement and public safety agencies in Dona Ana County.

Residents, and non-residents for that matter, can log into www.Nixle.com and click on the "Start Receiving Alerts Today for Residents" link to sign up.