Kyle Police launch interactive Kyle Alert Network
The Kyle Police Department is launching The Kyle Alert Network, a new interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through opt-in e-mail, text message and web published public safety alerts.
The new initiative will also enable the public to report suspicious activities easily through the tip411 anonymous text messaging code.
Interested persons can sign up for The Kyle Alert Network for free via a dedicated web page link on the Kyle Police Department website at cityofkyle.com/police. Through this website, The Kyle Police Department will provide information to help maintain and improve community safety.
The Kyle Alert Network is a great tool that will help or police officers receive crime tips quicker while also allowing residents to stay abreast of suspicious activities in their area, Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said. The more residents that subscribe to this service, the more effective it will be. I hope we all subscribe to the Kyle Alert Network
Subscribers can sign up to receive alerts from the Kyle Police Department via e-mail or as a text message to a cell phone.
They can also opt to receive neighborhood only or citywide alerts, as well as surrounding city alerts that are on the "CitizenObserver" alert system.
The other component of this new technology is the Tip411 program, which will enable the public to submit anonymous tips to the Police Department via text messaging.
While this is not a replacement for dialing 911 in an emergency, this technology will allow interested persons to communicate potentially helpful information.
Because it's 100 percent anonymous, subscribers can maintain the integrity of their privacy from messages sent to the tip411 system.
This is accomplished through technology which removes all identifying information before the Kyle Police Department sees it so there's no way to identify the sender.
The tipster simply texts KYLEPD and their message tip to 847411 (tip411). When police receive the message, they can respond to the tipster who will continue to remain anonymous.
For questions about the Kyle Alert Network, contact Sgt. Tracy Vrana with the Kyle Police Department (512) 268-0859 or go to www.cityofkyle.com/police to sign up today.