SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has joined forces with public safety notification provider Nixle to help law enforcement reunite missing children with their families, and so far the partnership has proven a great success. Since launching the venture, NCMEC has provided support to law enforcement in nearly 90 cases nationwide – cases which may not have been brought to NCMEC's attention at all or as quickly without Nixle's participation.
Here's how it works – Nixle enables more than 7,000 police, fire, and emergency management agencies to send text, email, and phone alerts to their residents through a secure network. Those alerts are directly monitored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for any cases involving missing or exploited children. When a relevant alert is found, NCMEC reaches out to law enforcement to offer its resources and support.
"The use of technology to provide alerts about a missing child is an invaluable timesaver, especially given the need to act quickly in these cases," said John Bischoff, NCMEC Executive Director, Missing Children Division. "Nixle plays an instrumental role in that alerting process, which is key to finding missing children and bringing them home safely."
NCMEC has provided support to law enforcement on 88 cases as a result of Nixle alerts. Of those, 82 have been resolved. Nixle's network of municipal, county, and state police departments helps those organizations collaborate locally and, in the case of NCMEC, nationally. At a time when public safety budgets and staff continue to be stretched, interagency cooperation and teamwork is essential to keeping people safe.
"Nixle is in the business of safety," explains CEO Eric Liu. "Whenever we can help agencies work together to safeguard our communities, we've done our job. We are proud to partner with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to help protect our most valuable asset, our children."
Public safety agencies interested in learning more about Nixle's notification solutions can visit www.nixle.com. Residents can subscribe free of cost to receive Nixle alerts directly to their cell phones by texting their zip code to 888777, or by also visiting www.nixle.com.
Founded in 2007, San Francisco-based Nixle builds technologies that enable effective communication and collaboration between more than 7,000 public safety agencies, their school districts, and the communities they serve. Nixle's secure platform of text message, email, and voice notifications connects residents to their local leaders so important and relevant information can be shared when it matters most. Additionally, Nixle helps mobilize those communities to take an active role in public safety, with the goal of helping government agencies engage their citizens successfully.