Code Red used to alert neighbors about police activity

Some found out through Code Red - the county's emergency notification system.

BOISE - It has been three days since an officer-involved shooting rocked our community.

Two Boise Police officers and one K-9 were shot and injured on Friday after a manhunt on the Boise Bench.

Neighbors in that area say it's still surreal this happened, but they are thankful to police for keeping them safe and hoping the injured officers make a full recovery.

When KTVB spoke with neighbors while everything was going on, some had no idea police were looking for a fugitive right outside their homes until they stepped outside and saw the heavy police presence.

Some found out by texting and messaging with neighbors on NextDoor. Others found out through Code Red -- Ada County's community notification system.

It is up to the law enforcement agency that is responding to a situation to ask Ada County dispatch to put out a Code Red alert. On Friday, Boise Police mapped out a geographic boundary on the Central Rim.

One resident, Jack Garrett, lives just yards from where the shoot-out happened. His house is in the center of the perimeter made my police. He tells KTVB that when he stepped outside to leave his home around 1:30 p.m, police officers were crouched near his truck, telling him to get back inside.

Then he got a reverse 911 call about half an hour later.

"[It] said to stay inside, keep doors locked and this was an alert," Garrett said. "Then they called again about an hour later and said it's still active, stay inside, and we did."

Garrett has a land line that is hooked up to Ada County's Code Red System, which automatically calls home phone numbers in that area that gets mapped out.

Records show Boise Police Department called dispatch and they put out the first Code Red at 1:32 p.m. They did another one at 2:15 p.m. and 5:55 Friday night.

"A call came back saying it was all clear," Garrett said.

People can also sign their cell phones and email addresses up through Ada County Sheriff's Office website.

The department tells KTVB they did voice, text and email for all three alerts.

The sheriffs office says the Code Red message at 2:15 p.m. was sent out to 519 phone numbers with recorded voice message, six email addresses, and two phones via text message.

"Just a new way of doing things," Larry Jones said.

Larry Jones didn't have the Code Red System when this shooting happened on Friday, but he does now.

"I did sign up for Ada County Emergency Alert System," Jones said. "I think that's a good idea. Wasn't aware of it."

Jones left his house right before everything unfolded.

"From talking to other neighbors, they(police) did ask people to leave and not come back," Jones said.

Rather than getting those alerts, his neighbors texted him about what was going on.

"We got it informally, and sometimes the grapevine works better or faster. may not be quite as accurate," Jones said.

People with land lines said the Code Red System was helpful on Friday. But those without home phones that weren't signed up with their cellphone or email didn't get notified.

Code Red can go as wide as Ada County, or as narrow as a single address.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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