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Nextdoor, an app for connecting with neighborhoods, puts on its police cap

Zach Miners | Oct. 1, 2014
Nextdoor, a growing app for connecting people with their neighbors, wants to make those neighborhoods safer.

At least one member called Tuesday's expansion a good move. "Since I value the public safety tips and quick dissemination of information on Nextdoor, I'm very happy to have public safety agencies sign up as members," said a San Francisco resident.

Another user supported it, especially if police officers' posts are able to correct misinformation that sometimes spreads on the site. "It's important for them to have a voice in the conversation," said the user, who is involved with helping the San Francisco Police Department but beyond that preferred to remain anonymous.

But police officers also need to be careful not to post information that could interfere with open investigations, the member said. Posts about car break-ins, for instance, are common on Nextdoor. If police posted on that subject, it could give vandals useful information, if the vandals are also on Nextdoor, the person said.

Since last year, Nextdoor has more than doubled its coverage to more than 43,000 neighborhoods. Currently it has no ads.

 

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