City OKs Emergency Notification System Deal

The city council in Wilmington has approved a service agreement for a new emergency notification system.

WDEL-AM reports that the council approved the deal Thursday with Nixle, a company that offers notification services for thousands of law enforcement and government agencies. The three-year agreement is worth more than $48,000.

The agreement includes an automated system that can send crime information alerts to city residents by email and text message.

The hope is that the new system will make it easier for everyone to learn about or report a crime.

"This will allow the communications department to interact with those persons with cellphones. Right now our 911 system only interacts on the reverse basis with landlines," Councilman Bob Williams (D-District 7) told WDEL.

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