Police use NIXLE to send alerts

Getting fast and reliable information in the social media age is very important. For one Upper Michigan law enforcement group, a simple text messaging program helped keep people safe all summer long.

Police in the city of Marquette have used NIXLE in the past for various alerts, but ecoli scares this summer at local beaches really put the program through its paces.

The police were able to pass along the message to keep people from the waters. For more information or to sign up for the free service, go to www.nixle.com. Or text your zip code to 888777.