Emergency Alerts & Social Media
Windsor Heights Police Department utilizes several online communication services allowing us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology through the Nixle Community Information Service, Facebook and Twitter.
Nixle allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Nixle is a free service and once you activate your account you will begin receiving information. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site: www.nixle.com. In addition to Nixle we also use Facebook and Twitter as social networking services to keep people informed of safety initiatives, alerts and tips to promote safe communities.
Join us on Nextdoor, a private social network for neighbors and community members within Windsor Heights. Residents can use it to get the wor out about criminal activity, organize a neighborhood Watch Group, request help looking for a lost pet and learn the names of your neighbors if you choose.
We encourage residents to ‘like’ us on Facebook, ‘Windsor Heights Police Department’ www.facebook.com/WHgtsPolice and ‘follow’ us on Twitter @whpolice. Messages may include information about an urgent situation requiring the public’s assistance as well as other relevant safety and community event information to keep you informed and educated.
“We want to engage our followers with information about safety, criminal activity and community outreach events and opportunities,” says Captain Derek Meyer.
Nixle 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 and Facebook, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via Web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.