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Introducing a New Way for Residents to Share Crime and Safety Information with Police

Author: Kelsey Grady, Nextdoor

Date: 2016-12-09
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New Feature Allows Neighbors to Forward Crime and Safety Information Directly to their Police Department on Nextdoor

 

Over the past four years, Nextdoor has partnered with more than 1,800 public agencies to help them better connect and communicate with the residents they serve. Police departments across the country have partnered with us to improve citywide communication and to enhance community policing efforts. Using Nextdoor, police have sent targeted, hyperlocal information to neighborhoods across their jurisdiction, opening a line of communication between them and their neighborhoods.

Nextdoor has announced that they are taking police and neighbor-to-neighbor communications to the next level with Nextdoor’s newest feature for public agencies: Forward to Police. This feature will allow neighbors to forward their own Crime & Safety posts and Urgent Alerts on Nextdoor directly to their local police department with the click of a button.

It’s important to note that Forward to Police is not an emergency reporting system, but a new way for residents to share safety concerns and content they are posting on Nextdoor with their local public safety agency. We always encourage residents to call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.

Over the last several months, more than 200 of our local public safety partners have turned on Forward to Police during our pilot period, receiving messages from residents on everything from package thefts, vandalism, traffic complaints, and car break-ins in the neighborhood.

In Norfolk, VA, Forward to Police has, not only alerted the Norfolk Police Department to crimes in their jurisdiction, but also served as a valuable educational tool for the department. “We found that residents underestimated incidents in their area, assuming that they weren’t important enough to file a formal report,” says Daniel Hudson, Public Information Officer with the Norfolk Police Department. “Now, we hear about these incidents and follow up with residents to ensure they report it. It’s really allowed us to come full circle in our communications with neighbors across Norfolk.”

We’re proud to partner with agencies who work every day to build even stronger and safer neighborhoods across the country, and are pleased to offer them a new feature that will make it even easier to connect with their residents about crime and safety concerns.

If your public agency is interested in joining Nextdoor, contact us here to get started.

Nextdoor is the free and private social network for neighborhoods used in over 114,000 communities across the U.S. For more information, see: http://nextdoor.com  

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Nextdoor, 12/8/16)

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