Greetings fellow Blue Ridgers:
The Bloomington Police Department has partnered with a new neighborhood web service (Nextdoor) and from what I’ve seen, I am very impressed. If everyone signs up, this could become our main communication tool for the neighborhood. The press release follows, but here is the essential info:
Blue Ridge is currently a pilot neighborhood. To become permanent, we would need to have 10 verified members within 21 days. That means we would need at least 8 more people to sign up and verify their addresses by October 22nd. We should be able to do that easily. Our friends to the south in Matlock Heights already have over 50 members.
Signing up is free, easy, and only take a couple of minutes. Use this invitation link:
If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know or take a look at Nextdoor’s help section.
October 1, 2014
For more information, please contact:
Sergeant Pam Gladish
Bloomington Police Department
Captain Joe Qualters
Bloomington Police Department
Bloomington Police Department Adopts Nextdoor; A Private Social Network for Neighborhoods
Partnership Will Enable Police Department to Communicate with Residents and Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch
Bloomington, Indiana – October 1, 2014 – The Bloomington Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents.
This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Bloomington Police Department to communicate online with Bloomington neighborhoods. Residents and police will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts.
With Nextdoor, Bloomington 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 Bloomington Police Department will be able to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, to Nextdoor websites within the city.
Nextdoor is free for residents and the Police Department. Each Bloomington 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.
“We continue to take advantage of innovative ways to increase safety for our residents. 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,” said Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters. “We see this as another way to promote communication and the exchange of information between the Department and Bloomington neighborhoods.”
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.