Ashland police used Jackson County Citizen Alert for the first time last week to find a woman who had made suicidal threats.
"It's a useful tool," said Ashland police Deputy Chief Corey Falls. "We certainly won't use it every time, but it was successful this time."
Those signed up to receive Citizen Alert notifications received both a recorded message on their phone and an email from the Ashland Police Department asking them to be on the lookout for a white adult female driving a blue Dodge pickup. The pickup's license plate also was given. Falls said the woman had made threats of harming herself.
The woman was found by a citizen who had seen the alert within about an hour and she was fine when police checked on her, Falls said.
"It's the first time we've used it for something like that," said Falls.
To register on the alert system, go to www.co.jackson.or.us. and click on the "Stay Connected" tab at the top.