May 3, 2013 4:31 PM by KATC
The Lake Charles Police Department is currently utilizing a communications service that allows them to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows police to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle's web site at www.nixle.com.
Messages may include Traffic Information or Be On Look Outs (BOLO) as well as other relevant safety and community event information.
"Nixle is the first cost-efficient, mass communications system that we have seen that allows us to keep the citizens of Lake Charles informed and up to date on events and incidents that affect the quality of everyday life. This system will allow us to keep our citizens informed and involved so that we may improve the quality of life for everyone," said Lake Charles Police Spokesperson Mike Kraus.
The 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, Facebook, and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
Residents of Lake Charles and those in neighboring communities are encouraged to begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com or text "LCPD" to 88877.