Greenwood PD to use emergency alert system

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 9:45am

Following in the footsteps of the Caddo Sheriff's Office, Greenwood Police Department started using an emergency message alert system to help reach out to the community.

"A couple of weeks ago we had an armed robbery." Lt. Shayne Gibson, Greenwood Police Department, described the incident as a time when they could have sent out a message.  "We could've notified the residents in the area where we were searching for the armed robbery suspects."

Now, the alert system Nixle allows the Greenwood Police Department to have the ability to communicate more efficiently with the community during these types of situations.

Nixle allows the Greenwood Police Department to send out an email and a text message to all registered users about major traffic accidents, missing persons and any event that may be of public concern.  The alert system will send the message to the users based on their zip code that they used to sign up.

Nixle also has the ability for the Greenwood Police Department to send out photographs of missing persons, possible suspects and suspect vehicles to notify residents of any dangers and to ask for their help in finding these people.

Greenwood Police Department's "goal is to have better communication with the people in the community.  They can help us and we can help them," Lt. Gibson explained.

If you are interested in getting alerts from the Greenwood Police Department and in the Greenwood area, then you can text your zip code to 888777, or you may visit and click on 'Residents - Register Now' to sign up.


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