The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) sends out crime prevention tips and alerts through Nixle, and we encourage community members to sign up. A list of our messages since our May 1 launch can be viewed below:
Most BPD's Nixle messages are in the "Community" category. They focus on crime prevention and are delivered via email. But subscribers to BPD's Nixle stream also receive "Advisories" and "Alerts," which are delivered via text message. Advisories typically notify recipients about events that could affect their movements around Berkeley, such as streets or areas that are shut down unexpectedly. Alerts involve situations when BPD would like the public to be aware of situations that require more immediate attention, like a missing person who is at risk.
BPD encourages people to set up an account via Nixle.com to better limit and personalize the messages they receive. These subscribers will be able to register specific intersections or addresses relevant to their concerns and also receive messages only from specified agencies.
The "Sign Up" button in the message bar above allows signups via zip code. Zip code-only subscribers may receive messages from other agencies that also use Nixle and also share the same zip code, such as police in Oakland or Emeryville.
Nixle supplements City of Berkeley emergency alerting systems already in place such as the Berkeley Emergency Notification System (BENS) and 1610AM. Please sign up for BENS alerts at www.cityofberkeley.info/BENS. Remember, no one system is guaranteed in an emergency.
Nixle is the most comprehensive communications tool that the department uses and it will include all of the department's urgent and non-urgent communications. We encourage your participation. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.