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Raytown 911 Communications Center Readies Electronic Communications Service with Residents

Chief Jim Lynch recently announced that the Raytown Police Department began using a new communications service that allows it 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. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com.

Messages may include street closures and storm warnings as well as other relevant safety and community event information. Plans to include other information are being considered.

Director of Communications James Brafford stated: “Nixle will allow us to notify the citizens of Raytown with a text message to their cell phone or pager when there is a significant incident that could affect them or their neighbors.”

The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group.

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 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.

Residents of Raytown and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message and web by registering at www.nixle.com.

We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.

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