The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) will partner with nextdoor.com, a private social network for neighborhoods beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, according to Mel Krizo, operations lieutenant with the department. The aim of the partnership is to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents, Krizo said.
“This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Signal Hill Police Department to communicate online with Signal Hill neighborhoods,” Krizo said in a press release. “Residents and police will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood-watch efforts.”
With Nextdoor, Signal Hill residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public-safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and lost pets. The SHPD will be able to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, to Nextdoor websites within the city, Krizo said.
Nextdoor is free for residents and the police department. Each Signal Hill neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish, and self-manage, their own Nextdoor websites and the police department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by search engines, Krizo said.
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit nextdoor.com and enter their address. Residents with questions about their Nextdoor website may visit help.nextdoor.com .