According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, 7,000 Wisconsin
citizens, businesses and law enforcement officers use the Network.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Business leaders and members of the law enforcement community gathered Tuesday morning for an informational meeting about the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.
It was held at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce office on Farwell Street in Eau Claire. The system, which has been in place in Wisconsin for a year, helps distribute crime alerts posted by area police and sheriff's departments. Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says it uses e-mail, texts, and faxes to send these alerts directly to businesses and the public. Eau Claire is one of six areas in the state getting an extra push to help get people signed-up. Sheriff Cramer says the goal of the Wisconsin Crime Alert network is to identify suspects and find them quicker.
"Say that we have an armed robbery suspect, and he's just robbed the local gas station, and we've got a photo of him and the vehicle," Cramer said. "We can get that out in minutes to hit your cell phone, and it'll give you a description of the individual, and maybe even a plate number that we're looking for."
Sheriff Cramer says tipsters can then call the contact number on the alert, or 911, to report what they've seen. A 45 day free trial subscription is being offered for the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network right now. The annual fee is only $12 a year. You can find out more information and register by clicking on the link below.