Nixle, the service our police department was employing to alert citizens of real time emergency and ongoing legal situations is coming to an end. Without previous notice, the service sent the department and invoice of $3,000. Obviously ridiculous, but not surprising. We recently experienced a similar situation with our email blast list.
Nixle was a cool service, and I definitely do think communications are trending in that direction, but I was glad the police department didn't just revise their budget to continue it.
Here's the message from Lt. Ken Fetcher:
The Fort Thomas Police Department regrets to advise that Nixle is not going to be a viable avenue of communication. This change took place April 26th. Nixle has announced that Departments using Nixle will be charged $3000.00 per year for their service. They will allow us to continue free, but we would ONLY be able to use it for emergency crisis situations. Fort Thomas Police Department is not immune to the current economic difficulties, and our agency is unable to budget for this service.