Police hoping CodeRed alerts become more effective

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CodeRed alerts, or reverse 911 calls, are becoming more common among police agencies. As of late, Irondequoit Police have initiated these calls twice within a span of three weeks.

In mid-July, it was triggered during an investigation near Durand Eastman Park. This Tuesday, another call was placed for residents in the area of Hudson Avenue during a shots fired investigation.

Police Chief Richard Tantalo would like to see these calls become more effective, as he notes many people are not registered for the service. 

Irondequoit resident Charles Hare said, “I’m not signed up, but I have heard of it, and other people getting the calls.”

Many neighbors who live within a few blocks of each of these scenes reported not receiving CodeRed calls, but those that did were told to stay inside their homes, or if they weren’t home, to steer clear of the area.

Tantalo said his department uses these calls during critical incidents to reach out to the community. Once they figure out which where the alert should go, a message is relayed to the County 911 center, which spreads it from there.

The Chief recognized some neighbors said they didn’t get these messages, and encourages them to reach out to the department via phone, or Facebook.

“It could be potentially any one of a number of issues, but by being able to communicate with us, I then contact the representatives from the 911 center. We will sit down and discuss that situation and determine what took place there,” said Chief Tantalo, who added many of the people using the service are automatically registered with the use of a landline in their home. 

Those that use their cell phones, are required to register, which you can do so by clicking here.

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