Pampa Police Department to begin using new mass notification system
The Pampa Police Department will utilize a new communications service, effective immediately, which allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows us 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 sent may pertain to missing or wanted person information, crime alerts, and emergency roadway closures, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.
“We actually implemented this service several months ago, on a trial basis” says Crime Prevention Officer Brian Massey. “After researching various mass notification systems, we found that Nixle offered the most user friendly interface for both the public and our staff. It is our responsibility to the public to get critical information out as quickly as possible, especially when it relates to matters of public safety that depend on fast action and support and assistance from the public, such as searching for missing persons. With this system, the information is directly delivered to the public within seconds of it being sent.”
The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ 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 our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
“What is also important to point out is that at our current level of subscription, the service is provided at no cost to the department,” said Massey. “It will actually save us money from our previous mass notification system, which included an annual fee.”
Residents of Pampa and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email and web by registering at www.nixle.com, or by texting their zip code to 888777.
We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.