Clinton Township Police Dept. joins Nixle alert system

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 8, 2015


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department has further involved itself in the digital age, becoming part of the Nixle system that provides instantaneous alerts to individuals regarding serious public safety issues in the township.

Nixle launched in 2007, providing an open communication system that connects public safety, schools and municipalities with the residents and communities they serve. Through Nixle’s mobile application, real-time two-way communication takes place instantly through text, email, voice messages and social media.

Nixle’s website states that more than 8,000 entities use the free service.

Last summer, the township joined the system as another way to reach out to residents to inform them of community events or inclement weather. The service has given the community another option to receive news and updates, along with the township’s cable TV station and social media outlets.

Township Lt. Eric Reincke said that as the service aids the township as a whole, it also provides the police department with additional resources that did not previously exist.

Reincke said updates could include serious car accidents that result in road closures, as well as flood warnings, amber alerts and school lockdowns

It’s a tested program that works, he said, and other police departments — such as those in Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe — already use the service.

“It’s something that the township is in the process of implementing, something where they wanted to grow,” Reincke said.

He said the service, which at press time has not been used yet but is up and running, will mostly revolve around text formats. “It’s something that we would type in on the computer and it reaches people on their cellphones through a free app.”

Nixle was implemented in the department on June 25, and department members met and had subsequent training on how to use it properly. A command officer will issue alerts that are approved by higher-ups within the department.

“Obviously the goal of the township is to have us grow,” he said. “We want to get leaders in the school systems on this, people in the community. If we can get word out in the community — oftentimes they’re our eyes and ears.”

Reincke said the goal is for thousands more residents to gain access to what is going on in the streets and neighborhoods around them.

“In this day of social media, there’s no reason not to get info out in a fast and timely way,” he said.