Plainfield Police Introduce Free Emergency Text Service to Residents

This article was published on: 12/7/17 8:10 PM by Mike Minarsky

The Plainfield Police Department has recently introduced a new texting service to the town in an effort to keep residents more safe and also informed.  The system that has been put in place can alert you to many items such as severe weather, natural disaster, active shooter situations, or major criminal incidents.  The community can also engage with the system for reporting anonymous tips and missing persons.  According to Capt. Mario Arriaga, when you sign up for the free service, it will ask you your zip code as well so if there is information that only needs to be sent to Wauregan, Plainfield, or Moosup the system can be filtered down to just those areas.  Arriaga stated that may not be needed that much, but it’s something that we can do.

To sign up for the service is very easy.  Simply go to and fill out the small area on the left part of the screen that asks you.  There is also a short informational video (little over 3 minutes) that will describe in more detail how the service works.  The other way you can sign up for the alerts is through your mobile device by texting the word “PlainfieldPD” which again is NOT case sensitive, to the number 888777.

The system if offered through a company called “Nixle.”  The Nixle notification system is relied on by over 8000 agencies, fire and police departments, schools, hospitals and is now available in a business version! Organizations use Nixle for critical situations such as Severe Weather Events, Evacuations, Safety Hazards, Security Threats, Facilities Problems, Employee Notifications, and IT/Telecom Disruptions according to their website.

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