New notification system launched by Calais police

Posted May 19, 2009, at 8:06 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — The city’s police department has launched a new Community Information Service designed to deliver public safety and community event notifications by Internet, e-mail and cell phone.

Police Chief David Randall said in an interview Tuesday that the service created by Nixle LLC to deliver neighborhood-level police-related and municipal government information to residents has been up and running for several days.

“The Calais Police Department is excited to offer the Nixle service to Calais residents and neighbors. We feel the possibilities for its use are limited only by our creativity. The fact that the service is free allows a greater number of our citizens and neighbors to join. We hope all who can join will,” Randall said in a press release.

The chief said the service is easy to join by going to the Nixle Web site at www.nixle.com.

Randall said the system helped the police department remind people that Monday was a Canadian holiday and traffic would be backed up on Main and North streets.

“I am finding that there is going to be unlimited uses that we can use it for — not just emergencies, but traffic [and] even sending out information about our business meetings,” Randall said. “I encourage other department heads to let me know if there is a water break and a portion of the road is closed.”

The Nixle service is designed to connect 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 Web access. Nixle is offered at no cost to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers, the press release said.

Channels providing other kinds of information are expected to be introduced in the future.

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