The Van Buren Police Department is going to start using a new communications service, effective today, that will allow them to send important valuable community information to residents using text messaging, according to Detective Jonathan Wear, the Public Information Officer for the Van Buren Police Department.
The Nixle Communication Information Service will allow the Van Buren Police Department to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text messaging or email.
Messages will include relevant public safety information, and the service is secure, reliable and easy to use, according to Wear.
“The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents can go directly to the Van Buren Police Department website to sign up for the service. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web,” Wear said in a news release put out today.
Residents of Van Buren and those in neighboring communities can immediately start receiving this information via text message, email and the web by registering here.
Users can also register by texting the word “VANBURENPD” to 888777.
If Van Buren residents do choose to go to the Van Buren Police Department website, they need to click on “Sign up to receive alerts,” which is highlighted in red on the homepage.