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Nixle Connect allows Millstadt Police to communicate with the public via text/SMS, e-mail, and Internet posts at no cost. Communications can range from emergency alerts to routine day-to-day information including traffic and missing persons reports, safety tips, crime information, community outreach programs and other public safety information.
"We have been very pleased with Nixle since beginning to use it a year ago," commented Chief of Police Ed Wilkerson. "Without a newspaper for our community, Nixle gives us a way to get crime information out to the public as well as time sensitive information. It saves us both time and money and is a vital tool in our communication efforts."
Citizens can register to receive messages from Millstadt Police and other local agencies by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777. Online registration is also available at www.nixle.com.
"We are proud to be providing Millstadt Police this invaluable service that strengthens the partnership between the department and its citizens through communication," stated Eric Liu, Nixle CEO. "Nixle Connect assures that the Millstadt community will receive important information from their local police even when they are away from home, a feature that is invaluable in emergency situations."
Currently more than 4,600 government agencies have adopted Nixle for their means of real-time communications with residents, and more than 700,000 citizens have signed up to take advantage of the service. Year-to-year usage figures from August 2010 through July 2011 show that participating agencies created a total of 72,782 messages or 6,065 per month. Over 17 million SMS text messages were sent during the 12-month period for an average of 1.4 million each month, and over 43.8 million e-mails were sent by government agency users, over 3.6 million a month.
Founded in 2007, Nixle is the leader in trusted notification services for law enforcement and government agencies. More than 4,600 government agencies throughout the United States use Nixle to communicate with residents via SMS mobile text messaging, email, the Web, and mobile applications. Over 700,000 citizens rely upon the system. Nixle is strategically partnered with Nlets to offer the only public messaging service on the International Justice and Public Safety network, a system owned by the fifty states and serving every criminal justice agency in the US and Canada. Nixle is a privately held company based in San Francisco, CA.