Police offer text message service to residents in Kansas City
By Eric Lorenz
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City police are starting a text messaging service to inform residents about law enforcement matters.
The Kansas City Star reports Police Chief Darryl Forte announced the new service on Wednesday. The chief says it will help people be aware of safety issues in their neighborhoods and help police solve crimes.
Kansas City residents can sign up for the free service by logging onto http://www.nixle.com or texting their ZIP code or "KCPD" to 888777. Users can customize the kinds of alerts they want to receive and whether they want to get them by text, email or online.
Police will also use the service in July to provide specific information about the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game being played at Kauffman Stadium.