NYC Bomb Suspect Found With Help of Everbridge Nixle

The swift take-down of Ahmad Khan Rahami is being credited to vigilant civilians, brave law enforcement and the keen intelligence sharing that’s come about in the post 9/11 era.

“It’s hard to imagine the case being made any more quickly than it was. The events from the weekend led to an arrest on Monday. It’s extraordinary. And when you think about the flow of information and the level of cooperation that is necessary to get that done it really is inspiring,” said New Jersey State Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

The Seaside Park bomb plot along a military 5K run, followed by the explosion in Chelsea set off a chain of events between law enforcement agencies. Today the state’s top officer, Porrino, said part of that involves the ROIC — or State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center.

“I can’t get into the specifics but I’ll say that the sharing and cooperation is completely seamless. There are no state lines when it comes to tracking down terrorism,” Porrino said.

Authorities are reluctant to share just how the information trickles down. Though Linden Mayor Derek Armstead says his team relies on a digital alert system to communicate internally and with outside towns.

“We have something called Nixle. We had gotten alerts over our phones as to who the individual was prior to him being involved or engaged with our officers in town. So we knew who he was and we were on the lookout for him and I think that contributed a tremendous amount. When Officer [Angel] Padilla first approached the individual, he knew right off who he was dealing with,” Armstead said.

Missing Boy Found at Secret City Festival

The Charlie Daniels Band kicked off the two night Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge Tennessee which attracted over 2,500 attendees. Among the crowds of music lovers and the WWII battle reenactment, an 8-year-old boy was reported missing and a Nixle alert was sent out to those in the area. Thankfully, about an hour after the alert was sent out the missing boy was safely found and returned.

79-Year-Old Reported Missing Since Wednesday Found Safe

At 6:24p.m. yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department sent out a Nixle alert regarding 79-year-old San Angelo man, R.A. Anders, who was last seen Wednesday. SAPD officials are asking for the public’s help in locating this “at risk” individual.

 

Nixle informs citizens of police activity

One year ago, the Oak Ridge Police Department began using a new community notification system called Nixle. The system uses text and email messages to alert subscribers to critical events happening in the city — and it seems to be popular. Since November 2014, the system has steadily grown to about 2,000 subscribers. It went from zero to 1,500 text subscribers and from zero to 500 email subscribers in that one year alone.

San Angelo Police Credit Nixle and the Community for Locating Missing Children

Last Friday evening, San Angelo LIVE! reported on two missing children based on a Nixle alert, and today, the San Angelo Police Department credits both this Nixle message and a driver in alerting area agencies and the community about the disappearance and assisting in the quick recovery of the children.

How Silicon Valley is Playing Defense to Prep for a Super Bowl Blitz

Although Everbridge is on the communications end—and isn’t involved in surveillance—they’re part of a continuum of companies that includes suppliers of mobile phone surveillance devices, facial-recognition software attached to security cameras, and license plate scanners deployed on local highways and in event venues.

Missing Mt. Juliet Child Found Safe

A citizen, connected to Mt. Juliet’s Nixle Alerts, spotted the missing 9-year-old child near Rutland Elementary school. Staff at Rutland Elementary then took the child into safety around 6:35 p.m. until police arrived.

Chocolate Lovers Festival

FAIRFAX CITY, VA: Want to get some “sweet” text messages on your phone? For text updates on the upcoming Chocolate Lovers Festival in the City of Fairfax, text CHOCOLATE to 888-777.

Super Bowl Live Incident Alerts on Your Phone

Bay Area agencies are working together to make sure communications before, during and after the Super Bowl go smoothly have formed the Joint Information Center. They are rolling out a system of real-time alerts starting today. All people need is a cell phone.

Search Called Off for Person who Attacked Police Officer in Santa Cruz

Police have not yet said what started the attack, but officers surrounded the area of Windsor, Branciforte Avenue and Ocean View Avenue about 5 p.m., said Santa Cruz police Lt. Dan Flippo. A Nixle alert was sent to subscribers about police activity about 5:20 p.m.

About 5:50 p.m., a second Nixle alert stated that police finished their search and did not find the suspect.