Julie of Borderstan attended the PSA 208 community meeting on Tuesday night (her meeting wrap-up is here). She also reports on the new DC Police Alert System, which sounds very interesting and helpful. Here is her summary of the new system.
- DC Police Alert is a new service that enables the Metropolitan Police Department to notify businesses and residents quickly about crimes that may require community action. With DC Police Alert, the MPD can send emergency alerts, notification and updates to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and/or e-mail account.
- All you have to do is sign up at http://72hours.dc.gov. The system will identify your geographical area based on the information you provide, and forward alerts that are appropriate to you. When you go to the site, click on the “Alert DC” logo to sign up for this service.
- This program will initially notify those who sign up regarding violent crimes, or crimes that have “actionable reports,” which is to say crimes that have been reported with very specific descriptions of the suspects.
- If you have actionable information regarding a crime, call 911. Do not take action on your own.
- If you choose to have the service contact your cell phone, BlackBerry or PDA, standard text messaging rates will apply.