The Norfolk Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Led by Chief Michael Goldsmith, this integration with Nextdoor will enable the Norfolk Police Department to use Nextdoor to build stronger and safer communities with the help of Norfolk residents. Police and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.
“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to, not only maintaining, but increasing, safety and reducing crime within our communities,” said Chief Goldsmith. “With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on neighborhood watch efforts.”
Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Norfolk residents. More than 45 neighborhoods, representing 80% of the city, have launched Nextdoor websites.
With Nextdoor, Norfolk residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Police Department will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.
Nextdoor is free for residents and the Police Department. Each Norfolk neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit http://www.nextdoor.com/norfolk and enter their address.