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West County - Sheriff's Headquarters Station Use Nixle and Twitter to Provide Information to the Public
8/19/2013 5:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Sheriff's Headquarters Station in Ventura Offers Free Public Safety Alerts to Community Through Nixle & Launches Twitter Account

Report Number:



Communities of El Rio, Nyeland Acres, Silver Strand Beach, Hollywood Beach, and Rincon Beach

Date & Time:

August 19, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Headquarters Patrol Station

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent

City of Residence






The Ventura County Sheriff's Office Headquarters Patrol Station will utilize a social media communications service that will allow important, valuable community information to be sent directly to residents it serves.


Nixle, a messaging system that is utilized solely by public safety agencies, will allow the Headquarters Station to create and publish messages to residents (who subscribe) instantly via cell phone, text message and/or email.  Messages include emergency alerts, advisories and important community messages.  Examples of information sent out to residents would be media releases, significant traffic problems/road closures, and major disaster event updates (wildfires, floods, etc).


In Ventura County, residents can choose which local agencies they want to follow based on the community they live in.  Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received: by email or text message. This service is free, secure, reliable and easy to use.  Nixle builds on the foundations of other popular social media services, such as Twitter and Facebook.  When citizens receive information from our agency/patrol station via Nixle, they know it is a public safety agency and the information can be trusted.


Community residents can immediately begin receiving pertinent information from Nixle via text message and email, or following us on our twitter account:



Visit Nixle at (profile name 'Ventura County Sheriff's Office-Ventura Station) and click on the green 'Sign Up' button at the top of the page. 


Visit and follow us at Twitter:  (profile name '@VCSOVentura).



Prepared by:

Sgt. Luis Alvarez


Media Release Date:

August 19, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Luis Alvarez (805) 654-2110


Approved by:

Captain Don Aguilar