Cheshire Police celebrates reaching 20,000 residents through community messaging service Date published: 26th October 2016 11.27am

Cheshire Constabulary is celebrating a milestone as 20,000 people have signed up to Cheshire Police Alert.

For the past four years, the Constabulary has utilised its direct messaging service to deliver important crime prevention advice, witness appeals, details of crimes and organisational news, specifically tailored to the user’s geographical area or personal interests.

Registration is free, quick and easy and is set up to allow you to choose to receive as many or as few updates as you want.

The system – which is delivered primarily through email but also text message or voicemail – allows the public to engage directly with their neighbourhood policing teams to find out what is happening in their area as well as provide feedback to improve the way their community is policed.

And it′s not just the police who communicate using this system − Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, and the Police & Crime Commissioner also issue messages, along with the county′s local authorities.

Superintendent Bill Dutton said: “It is fantastic to see how many people are now using Cheshire Alerts to receive information directly from local officers. They’re experiencing the benefits of receiving updates direct from the police, helping to keep them informed and providing reassurance.

“Being able to inform the community of what is taking place in the heart of the community is one of our biggest priorities. There are still so many more people we can reach and I’d urge more people to take advantage of this free service and sign up now.”

To register, or find out more, visit www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk