What is the Reverse 911? Wakefield residents receive a police call asking them to stay inside

WAKEFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS: Police are reportedly continuing negotiations with a group of heavily armed men who refused to submit to police on the morning of Saturday July 3. Interstate 95 was closed due to the deadlock. Authorities have also issued shelter-in-place orders for parts of Wakefield and Reading to keep citizens safe.

State Police Col. Christopher Mason said the men identified themselves as part of a group known as the “Rise of the Moors”. The group of 8-10 men were said to have been in two cars and were reportedly pulled over in the recovery lane on I-95 in Wakefield with their hazard lights on at around 1:30 a.m. when police asked them for identification. Police said the soldier who responded saw that they were wearing “tactical or military-style” uniforms, including tactical vests and body cameras. Some of them had long rifles, others had pistols or a combination of both.


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According to the latest reports, they refused to comply with orders to lay down their weapons and ran into the forest by the side of the road. Interstate 95 was subsequently closed as officers from the Massachusetts State Police and the Wakefield Police Department searched for the suspects. Eventually, two of them were arrested, but the others are still at large.

And although police said they were trying to defuse the situation and resolve it peacefully, it created some chaos on social media as many residents received a reverse 911 alert. “We continue to engage in conversation with the suspects with the aim of defusing the situation on 95 and bringing it to a peaceful end,” police tweeted.

Massachusetts Police issued an urgent shelter-in-place warning to residents of two towns near Boston, Wakefield and Reading at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, after eight heavily armed men fled into the woods during a road control. They also advised that their doors be locked because the men “refuse to put down their weapons,” police said.

Many took to social media to update, “Update from Wakefield via Presser: -On since 1:30 a.m. when a soldier saw 8-10 men in the BDL on I95 armed. fled into the woods. -2 in custody, 1 of which was armed. -I95 is still arrested. -A reverse 911 call has been sent to residents who should take shelter in place. #boston #news “

Another user wrote: “Reverse 911 to shelter in place for areas of concern until further notice. Farmers Market canceled. Follow @MassStatePolice for updates.”

What is the Reverse 911?

Reverse 911 is a public alert system that is often used by security organizations to alert individuals and businesses to the risk of danger. This is often done by sending a recorded voice message to landlines and cell phones registered in a specific geographic area.

The technology, which uses a database of telephone numbers and associated addresses linked to geographic information systems (GIS), was developed by Sigma Micro Corporation, later known as Sigma Communications, in 1993. According to their site, which is now archived, “REVERSE 911® is a computer program, written for the Windows 95 platform, that enables a law enforcement agency to quickly communicate a message through its phone lines to residents of the area. ‘a specific geographic area. “

The technology has been used repeatedly in emergency situations such as the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Seaside and Astoria, Oregon, when residents were alerted by Reverse 911 and sirens to ” evacuate low areas. Another time, during the manhunt for suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombing, Reverse 911 was used to alert residents of Watertown, Massachusetts, to stay home.

“Two suspects were arrested by @NEMLEC members on North Ave, Wakefield. MSP arrested them and transported them to one of our barracks. The situation continues with the rest of the group. We continue to work to resolve the issue. problem. situation peacefully, “state police previously said on Twitter.

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