Nixle is an alert service used by law enforcement agencies. Both the ACC Police Department and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office use it to notify subscribers of important events. You will not be barraged with messages regarding every police call, only those situations which the police/sheriff believe are of wider interest.
The fugitive situation of May 5 was broadcast through Nixle and I knew at 4:15 that the suspect had been apprehended.
This is a free service. The easiest way to use it is with text messaging. Just text your zip code to 888777. You can also sign-up for email alerts or just go to their web site. And of course there is an iPhone/iPad/iPod app.