December 1, 2012

Be in the Know!

Members of our community have several different sources of up-to-the-minute information from the Santa Cruz Police Department and Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1. This includes community alerts about traffic congestion related to collisions and/or police activity, notifications of missing persons, and other information that can help you and your neighbors. You can choose to receive these notifications on your cell phone, your computer, or both!

Nixle is the subscription service that SCPD utilizes for disseminating information about high-priority situations to the community. Alerts are only sent when necessary. We average approximately 2-4 messages per month. The service is free to residents and to the SCPD. You can receive information by text message on your cell phone and by email. Click here for the SCPD Nixle service. Standard text message rates may apply depending upon your cell carrier. 

You can also register your cellular or VOIP phone for emergency notifications through Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1. This will add your mobile phone number to the City Watch database and will allow Emergency Dispatchers to send important messages affecting Santa Cruz County residents directly to your cell phone. The system has the capability of dispatching thousands of voicemail messages in a very short time based upon the geographic location of the incident. You can sign up for this service free of charge by registering here. If you decide to unregister or change your cell phone number, you can contact Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1.

With the upcoming Winter storm season approaching and the immediacy of cell phone communications, why not add these services to your list of information sources? It could give you the opportunity to avoid a traffic jam or help out a fellow citizen.