Effective March 28, 2011, the Jackson Police Department will cease using Nixle, and will use a combination of Twitter and the City’s website to relay information to citizens.
The change comes as Nixle informed agencies around the country of their intent to begin charging for the use of their services beginning April 30, 2011. “Due to the current economic climate in this state, and the cuts looming for the Jackson Police Department, paying for this non-essential service is out of the question,” said Chief Matthew Heins.
Deputy Chief John Holda said, “Because we have received such positive feedback from the citizens of Jackson regarding the information we send out on a daily basis, we looked for cost effective ways to send the same information to the public. We have decided to post this information on the City’s website and use Twitter to send information via text message, both of which will cost the Department nothing.”
Citizens who would like to receive information via text message should register for a Twitter account at www.twitter.com and “follow” Jackson_MI_PD. Twitter users can set their account’s mobile settings to receive “tweets” via text message. These messages are limited to 140 characters and will include the same information previously sent via text message by Nixle.
For those who prefer to read the detailed message, they can log onto the police department’s section of the City’s website at www.cityofjackson.org/police and click on the “News Room” link to read the same information previously sent by Nixle via e-mail.