Tampa Police Launch New Tool to Keep Residents Safe and Informed

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 Partnership with Nextdoor will enable police to communicate with Tampa residents via private, secure neighborhood websites.

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TAMPA, FL - March 8, 2017 - Tampa Police Department Chief Eric Ward announced a new partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve city-wide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.  Through this partnership, residents now have the ability to virtually communicate with the officers who work in their neighborhoods.

Chief Ward’s goal is for the department to work together with Nextdoor neighborhoods to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.  “Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but also increasing safety and reducing crime within our communities,” said Chief Ward. “With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected, as well as give them the ability to collaborate on neighborhood watch efforts with the push of a button.”

Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Tampa residents. Already more than 115 neighborhoods, representing 78% of neighborhoods in the city of Tampa, are using Nextdoor to stay connected.  With Nextdoor, Tampa 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 Tampa neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Police Department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

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.

Janelle McGregor