A service outage by Altice (Optimum) affecting landline phones and Internet users across Westchester County for several hours Friday evening—including local police departments—demonstrated the importance of the Nixle system used by police.

The Nixle system was used to alert residents via their cellphones of the problem of local landlines during the outage and tell them that using  9-1-1 for an emergency on a cellphone would reach NY state police which should be directed to contact Pelham Manor or Pelham police. Residents were also told that police cars were stationed at key intersections in both villages if direct contact was needed in addiition to the police stations.

For Pelham Manor residents to sign up for Nixle, follow the instructions at http://www.pelhamplus.com/news/police_fire/article_a9c2cd2a-c138-11e6-a533-ffdf2523fe8e.html

Pelham Village Police no longer use Nixle.

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