Wisconsin starts new crime-notification system

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A new statewide system aims to keep Wisconsin communities updated on criminal activity, crime trends or missing people.

Wisconsin is only the second state to use the program; Minnesota was first.

Gov. Jim Doyle signed the bill in 2010 that authorized the state Justice Department to build the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Police statewide are already using the alert network.

The alerts can be customized for specific types of businesses and geographic regions.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the program is designed to prevent and deter crime, as well as assist police.

The service is at www.wisconsincrimealert.gov. It costs $12 annually to support the program.