A little more than a month ago, the Wood River Police Department joined other local law enforcement agencies by partnering with Nixle.com, and it has already paid dividends, according to the Deputy Chief. Nixle is a community information service dedicated to helping subscribers stay connected to the information provided by local police departments, schools, community agencies and organizations, and other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you.

Wood River Police Deputy Chief Mickey Sabolo says it was a Nixle alert that helped track down an alleged burglar and home invader last week.

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Only authenticated agencies and community organizations can securely publish information. There are four types of messages; alerts, advisories, community information, and traffic. Other local agencies that are affiliated with Nixle include the Sheriff's Departments in Madison and Macoupin County, and the Bethalto Fire Department.