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Saint Paul Police Department Launches New Mass Notification System

Friday, September 23, 2016 10:31 AM | Joseph Wethington (Administrator)

Saint Paul Police Department launches new emergency notification system

The Saint Paul Police Department has a new tool to notify the public of emergency situations. In cooperation with Ramsey County, the department now has the ability to quickly send emergency alerts to residents, businesses and people who frequently visit Saint Paul.

The Emergency Notification System is a free service to which people can subscribe. The system will call, send text messages or email subscribers, alerting them of developing situations that immediately affect the areas in which they live, work or visit.

“Saint Paul is a vibrant, thriving city in which hundreds of thousands of people live, work and play every day. This tool will help keep everyone safer by ensuring they are informed of local emergencies and know what actions they should or can take to protect themselves,” said Mayor Chris Coleman.

The alert system will only be used for incidents where there is an imminent threat to health and safety, such as active shooter events, in-progress searches for violent suspects or anything that immediately impacts public safety and awareness is urgently needed to aide law enforcement. The alert is geographically specific and will only notify people in the area who could be affected by the event. Subscribers of the service may choose the specific geographic areas for which they would like to receive alerts.

Anyone interested in receiving alerts must sign up by going to  

https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/police/emergency-notification-system


Comments

  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:20 AM | Aaron Gjerde (Administrator)
    This is great! I just signed up and encourage as many people as possible to do so as well. I also downloaded the mobile app so I can receive notifications based on my current location, in addition to the fixed locations I entered (i.e. for my work, our home, each kid's school).

    I'm also pleased by the partnership between City of St Paul Police Department and Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. This is a great example of public agency collaboration and responsiveness to requests for action that deserves our gratitude as citizens. It's one step forward to "filling the gaps" that were identified during our public session with SPPD.

    THANKS!
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