Surfside Beach Police utilize community notification system

Surfside Beach Police utilize community notification system

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Surfside Beach Police Department and over 7,000 law enforcement agencies across the country are using Nixle.

Nixle is a community notification system designed to alert citizens in time for local emergency situations and community advisories. “Nixle alerts can be sent through text, email, web and the Nixle mobile app in an instant,” said Police Chief Rodney Keziah. “Nixle Connect is a free service for both the department and citizens who want to receive alerts,” he added.

Surfside Beach Police now joins the list of other Grand Strand law enforcement agencies that use some sort of alert system.  Nixle Alerts are pretty straightforward and let you know everything you need to know about a missing person, traffic accident, or weather emergency.

Surfside Beach police needed a new way to connect to people who live in that area of the Grand Strand because sending out press releases or sending out alert calls to landlines, while important, just does not reach as many people as sending alerts to smartphones.

"Most people these days are carrying a smartphone on them at all times so that text alert goes off or that email alert goes off and they can immediately look at it immediately takes them to a photo that may be embedded a map that may be embedded and they can see what's going on within just seconds of us pushing the send button," added Cpt. Arron Miller.

Below are ways to register for Nixle:

1. Text SBPD to 888777 from a cellphone (standard text message rules apply)

2. Visit www.nixle.com and create a profile

For more information, contact Captain Arron Miller at (843)913-6345.

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