LA CRESCENTA — Crescenta Valley residents may soon start receiving e-mail and text messages from their local sheriff's station when major incidents occur.
Crescenta Valley station lieutenants have been receiving training on a new Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department system dedicated to sending e-mails and text messages regarding missing persons, crime trends, wanted suspects, traffic incidents and more, station Capt. David Silversparre said.
"It's not something that we are going to use for minor incidents," he said. "This would be something used for major incidents that affect the majority of people, or when we are in dire straits looking for somebody."
The lieutenants will also be allowed to quickly send out information to assist residents during an emergency, Silversparre said. Notices can be sent out by region or community, he added.
"What's really neat about this program, you can put a ZIP Code of another area where you are monitoring your elderly parent or you are watching your college-age child … and get notifications of issues in that area as well," Silversparre said.
The department will use Nixle to disseminate the information, which can come in four color-coded messages detailing specific incidents, according to the Sheriff's Department.
A red "alert" message would be used for kidnappings, an amber alert for crimes where public assistance is needed. Yellow "advisory" messages would be sent when deputies are looking for suspects or sending public safety information.
Green "community" messages would notify residents about crime trends, law enforcement events and can include safety tips, while blue-coded messages would address traffic issues.
Cheryl Davis, president of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, said she had already signed up for the messaging system.
"I think it is very cool because it's specific to actual areas," she said.
Silversparre is expected to formally introduce the new system Aug. 19 at the town council's monthly meeting, she said.
Residents interested in receiving alerts from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station may register at http://www.nixle.com. To register, residents must provide their name, address, e-mail and a cell-phone number.