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Sheriffs office now sending text, email alerts

    For some time now, Statesboro residents have been receiving alerts via text message and email regarding crime and emergency situations. Now, residents of the rest of Bulloch County have the same opportunity.
    The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office joined the Statesboro Police Department in using the Nixle mass notification system, which is free to users as well as law enforcement agencies, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.
    “The system may be used to inform the public of many different areas of concern, to include alerts about wanted persons and vehicles posing potential danger to citizens; lost children and elderly, as well as lookouts, road closures and hazards, weather conditions and community reminders, ” he said. “The Statesboro Police Department has been using the system for some time now with success.”
    The Statesboro Police Department has already established a group of people who receive the alerts, but the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office hopes to expand that group, Anderson said.
    Anyone who chooses to participate will receive text alerts from both the police and sheriff’s office.
    Signing up for the alert service is simple. For text alerts, send your ZIP code as a text message to 888777. For email alerts, register your email address at
    Anyone who previously signed up for the Statesboro police alerts automatically will receive updates from the sheriff’s office.
        Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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