Meridian Police Department launches new notification program

Posted at 4:50 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 18:59:39-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — In an effort to connect with the community and be transparent the Meridian Police Department has partnered with NIXLE.

NIXLE is a communication notification system that the police can use to alert the public in a variety of different ways.

"This is a way in this day and age to communicate electronically and react with the community in a much more positive and timely manner," said Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea of the Meridian Police Department.

NIXLE allows community members to subscribe and unsubscribe at their own discretion, people can sign up to get alerts through email and text.

Police plan on using NIXLE for emergency purposes, but also to put out quicker press releases, inform the community about events and they even think it will be a useful tool for hiring police officers.

"One of the things I’m really excited about is we can use it as a recruiting tool," said Basterrechea. "The other thing it helps us do is push things to some other platforms like Facebook and Twitter.”

NIXLE showcases how the Meridian Police Department is adapting to the ways technology has changed our lives.

"In today’s world where everybody uses smart phones it makes it a lot easier," said Basterrechea.

For more information on NIXLE and directions on how to subscribe click here.