PAULDING – On Friday, Sheriff Jason Landers announced the addition of two new means of communication within the sheriff’s office.
“My staff has created accounts with Nixle and Twitter, to go along with the current Facebook account that has been in place for more than a year,” Landers said.
Nixle is a service that is free to public safety agencies, and is utilized to get information out to subscribers instantly. This is the same system that the Paulding County EMA office uses to get information out to the public during weather related events.
“My goal is to utilize these sources of communicating to alleviate literally hundreds of phone calls my emergency dispatchers take during inclement weather,” said Sheriff Landers.
Anyone wishing to sign up to receive future messages from the sheriff’s office should log on to www.nixle.com and follow the “sign up free” link, or simply text your ZIP code to 888777 to only receive SMS messages.
Those who are currently a subscriber of the Paulding EMA do not have to subscribe again.
This system works off of ZIP codes, meaning anyone registered under the 45879 ZIP code will receive any message sent to that ZIP code from either agency.
For anyone wanting to follow the sheriff’s office on Twitter, log into your account and search for @sheriffpaulding. Please don’t confuse the local office with Paulding County, Georgia.
In order to follow Landers’ office on Facebook, log into your account and search for www.facebook.com/PauldingCountySheriffsOffice and click “Like.”
“I believe in order to reach the citizens of this county in a timely fashion, I have to take this office to the next level of communication which is on the Internet and cellular. We have created a very nice website at www.pauldingohsheriff.com and now we will venture further into social media,” Landers said.
“Please bear with me as I decide what is appropriate for this type of communication. I am always open for suggestions as well.”
The sheriff said he does not monitor these sites personally; the dispatch staff oversees this along with their daily obligations. If anyone tries to reach out to the sheriff or his staff via these sites and need something addressed quickly, do not assume they will see a request in a timely manner. Instead, Landers said, use the office number at 419-399-3791 or dial 911 in the event of an emergency.