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Tullahoma implements text notifications

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tullahoma residents will be able to get text alerts from their police department after singing up for a new service.

The Tullahoma Police Department is urging citizens who have cell phones to register with the free Nixle notification Service.

According to an announcment from the department, the new community information service sends secure texts and emails about important and timely public safety information to residents.

Nixle allows the department to communicate with the public via text/SMS, e-mail, and Internet posts at no cost, and will be used as the primary resource for distributing secure information to residents over the department's web-based platforms.

Tullahoma residents can sign up to receive free, real-time safety information by texting their zip code to 888777 or by visiting www.nixle.com. Once registered, users can customize the types of alerts they wish to receive via text, email, and online.

Communications from the TPD will range from emergency alerts to routine day-to-day information including traffic advisories, missing persons reports, public safety announcements, press releases for high-profile cases, severe weather alerts and other relevant information to the area.

Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell stated that social media reaches deep into the daily lives of the public.

"It would be negligent for the police not to make use of this avenue to reach the people that we are empowered to serve. Meeting the public where they live, on Nixle, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, is having an effect similar to putting officers in communities on foot patrol -- it creates a partnership," Blackwell said.

Blackwell also said that they strive to be a" forward-thinking agency and we believe that having a secure presence in the social media arena will be a powerful tool that we can use to improve the situational awareness of our community."