Emergency Notification System

The Aberdeen Police Department uses the CityWatch system to send out pre-recorded messages in mass quantities. The program, which is run by Avtex Inc. out of Bloomington, Minnesota, is designed to alert citizens of crime trends, give emergency notifications, and provide crime prevention information.

Via Phone, Fax or Pager

The CityWatch system is able to communicate with pre-designated groups of people and businesses or geographical areas by telephone, fax machine, or pager. These recorded messages will contain information about criminal activity such as breaking and entering, check fraud, evacuations, and missing child alerts.

The system may also be used for internal communications within the Police Department. Our goal is for CityWatch to enhance the partnership between the Aberdeen Police Department and the community to prevent and reduce crime in and around the city.

Participating in the Program

If you receive a call from the CityWatch system, you will be directed to press any key on your touch-tone telephone to receive your important message. Once the key is touched, you will receive the message from the computer.


CityWatch is also able to administer short surveys. If you receive a survey call, please follow the prompts, which are given to you to complete the survey. The results of the survey, for example, may be used to improve police services to the community.

Bulletin Board

Finally, CityWatch also has a bulletin board. On the bulletin board, a caller can hear such things as crime tips, crime stats, a list of stolen vehicles and runaways from northeastern South Dakota, wanted persons from northeastern South Dakota, volunteer information, and crime trends.

Some of this information (crime tips, crime stats) will be updated weekly. Information on wanted persons, runaways, and stolen vehicles will be updated when the information is received at the Police Department. To access the bulletin board, call 605-626-3545 and select option one.