MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Police Department and the City of Mobile announced a partnership with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
This integration with Nextdoor will enable the agencies to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. MPD and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.
“Today, we are excited to officially partner with Nextdoor,” said Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “Nextdoor will provide residents with more avenues to easily and effectively connect with city departments, and each other, about the things that matter most to their communities.”
Already Nextdoor has proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Mobile residents. Forty-two Mobile neighborhoods have started Nextdoor websites.
“We believe connected communities are safer communities,” said Chief James Barber. “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.”
With Nextdoor, Mobile residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and even lost pets. The City and Police Department will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, public events and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.
Nextdoor is free for residents and the city. Each Mobile neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who verify they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites.
Neither the city nor the Department will be able to access residents’ websites, contact information or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit the site and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.