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Jun 15

Police Department Update - June 15, 2012

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM by Suzanne Iarla

The El Cerrito Police Department will utilize a new communications service, effective June 18, 2012, that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology. The Nixle Community Information Service allows us 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

Residents register by providing their address, zip code, or an intersection near them, a cell phone number and an email address by which to receive notifications from official agencies. Citizens then choose which messages they receive on which devices. Messages can be transmitted anywhere in a radius from .25-miles to 10 miles, allowing neighborhood-level, time-sensitive information to be sent only to affected citizens. The Nixle platform gives agencies a secure, easy-to-use, and effective system to share relevant information with residents about the neighborhoods where they work, live, and visit.

For law enforcement, Nixle enables community-policing outreach in new ways. Building a communications structure can help solve crimes, build safer communities, and promote a positive dialogue/partnership between residents and law enforcement. The service is secure, reliable, and easy to use for our group.

Residents of El Cerrito and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at

We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.

About Nixle
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

Any questions or inquiries should be referred to Administrative Assistant Samantha Wendling at (510) 215-4410.

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