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Oct 24, 2014 11:15 AM

Hollis, NH, police launch alert system tailored to individual neighborhoods


HOLLIS - The Hollis Police Department is urging town residents to sign up for a new alert system that will be used for important messages.

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 will include relevant safety and community event information. "The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group," said Police Chief Richard Mello.

The messages can be tailored to a quarter-mile radius, giving subscribers the opportunity to receive information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide which local agencies they want to receive information from. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether by email, text message, or over the web.

Mello said Nixle builds on the foundations of social media, 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," he said. "This functionality adds to our already existing communication platforms through our website and the department's Twitter account @HollisPolice.


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