The Lexington Police Department has partnered with social networking website Nextdoor in hopes of improving communication between the department and Lexington neighborhoods.
Nextdoor is a website that lets neighborhoods set up private pages for sharing community events, activities and safety concerns. The department will use the website to share neighborhood-specific information including safety tips, crime alerts and notifications about when officers will attend local neighborhood association meetings, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said.
“The Lexington Police Department is always looking for innovative and resourceful ways we can connect with residents, and joining Nextdoor is just another way to further those efforts,” Police Chief Mark Barnard said.
More than 200 Lexington neighborhoods have active Nextdoor websites, according to police. The department hopes the partnership will increase safety in those areas and create a strengthened neighborhood watch.
“Communication is essential to community policing and building strong relationships across Lexington,” Barnard said in the release. “Nextdoor gives neighbors an easy way to get to know each other and send important information to officers, who can then respond to any issues or problems residents are seeing.”
The police department will not be able to see any information users share on the website unless it is sent or forwarded to them directly, Angel said.
Since the partnership launched Tuesday night, the reception has been positive, Angel said. So far there have been several requests for service made through the website.
To access a Nextdoor page, residents must go to Nextdoor.com and verify they live in the neighborhood they are trying to join.