LAPD offers iPads to text service subscribers

Los Angeles police said Saturday they will give away two iPad tablet computers to random users of the new LAPD interactive text messaging system designed to convey official emergency information directly via text messages.

The LAPD and the supplier of its texting equipment, Nixle, Inc., will use the texting service to "send accurate and up-to-date (Lakers) parade information'' to anyone who signs up for the service. The LAPD texts will be rolled out at Monday's parade, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to downtown L.A.

The department says its text service is called "LA WINS'' and can be subscribed to by texting "LA WINS'' to 888-777. The service is free, other than standard text charges from phone companies.

"After the parade, two lucky subscribers will receive a text message with information on how to receive their prize,'' the LAPD said in a press release.

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