The Richmond Police Department has formed a partnership with Nextdoor.com, the private social network for neighborhoods, that will provide the department a new way to send communications to neighbors, it was announced Friday.
On Nextdoor, Richmond residents can create private neighborhood websites where they can share information such as community events and activities, lost pets and public safety issues. Members must verify they live in the neighborhood to join.
RPD’s new partnership with Nextdoor allows it to distribute public safety information among those private neighborhood groups, including crime alerts, tips and emergency notifications. However, the department will not be able access the neighborhood groups’ content or members’ contact information.
The service is free to both neighbors and RPD, Lt. Felix Tan said.
“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but also increasing safety and reducing crime within our community,” Tan said in a statement. “With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”
Nextdoor has been a popular tool for Richmond neighborhoods and is said to be used in more than 40-percent of neighborhoods across the country.
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.