Perhaps you're aware that in recent days, the Dallas Police Department's moved to Twitter and Nixle in order to send out alerts -- such as Tuesday evening's press release concerning a suspect in the Skillman-Mockingbird area who, since October, has been responsible for at least four burglaries, one robbery and one sexual assault. But a Friend of Unfair Park forwards along a notice from Central Patrol Division that lists other departments now tweeting news and warnings: the City of Dallas Officer of Emergency Management and Dallas Fire Rescue. Says Lt. Andy Harvey, DPD spokesman, in the press release sent out yesterday, "Using social networking services such as Nixle help us keep our city informed and also serves as a crime fighting tool." Says another Friend of Unfair Park, "It ain't CueCat, but it helps fight crime!"
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.