Rahway Police Department has recently implemented a Reverse 9-1-1 system that will greatly enhance the quality of service provided by the Rahway Police Department.

Reverse 9-1-1 is an interactive community notification system that enables a recorded telephone message to be sent out to selected areas, blocks or neighborhoods in the event of an emergency. The system is a quick and efficient way of contacting residents of a potentially serious problem near their homes or businesses. It allows the police department to quickly send out time-critical messages rather than going door-to-door. Messages can be sent to a select neighborhood or the entire city and includes a convenient TTY/TDD feature capable of sending information to the hearing impaired. The system is sophisticated enough to indicate whether a call was received or whether a message was left on an answering machine. It also can be programmed to keep trying until a call has been successfully received.

Another convenient feature of Reverse 9-1-1 is the Bulletin Board. Bulletin Board enables citizens to obtain up-to-date messages such as, crime prevention alerts, street repairs, school closings and more. Community residents simply call a designated phone number to get information from the Bulletin Board.

If you have an unlisted or unpublished telephone number, your information is probably not included in the Reverse 9-1-1-system database. Thus, you will not receive any recorded message that would be sent out to your area. If you would like to have your information included in the database contact the Rahway Police Department Community Relations Office at (732) 669-3612. Those who are worried about their phone number getting out to unwanted agencies should have no fear. The numbers and addresses received will be placed into the system and kept strictly confidential, only to be used in the event of an emergency.