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Sheriff’s Department announces digital alert

Posted: July 14, 2010 8:46 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2010 6:00 a.m.

Los Angeles County residents can get text messages and e-mail alerts about disasters, kidnappings and traffic from the Sheriff’s Department as part of a program unveiled this week.

Authorities took on the new program, run by communication service Nixle, after the county’s reverse-911 system failed during last year’s Station Fire, said Deputy Robert Boese of the Sheriff’s Department Headquarters Bureau. The program is free to subscribers.

E-mails and text messages will alert subscribers to Amber alerts, jail escapes, kidnappings, crime trends, road closures, evacuations and traffic collisions. Users who subscribe to Nixle can customize which alerts they will receive and from which agencies in the Sheriff’s Department they wish to receive them.

The Sheriff’s Department decided against relying on social-networking sites such as Facebook because they weren’t secure enough. The program officials chose will run on secure government servers and will be ad-free.

Residents can register for the service at


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