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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 2, 2016

City of Suffolk and Suffolk Police Department Partner with Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods

Just in time for National Night Out, the City of Suffolk and Suffolk Police Department announced today a partnership withNextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications as well as build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. This integration with Nextdoor will enable the City of Suffolk and the Suffolk Police Departmentto use Nextdoor to communicate online with neighborhoods who are part of the Nextdoor network to increase safety and strengthen a virtual neighborhood watch.

Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Suffolk residents. Over 50 neighborhoods at present have started Nextdoor websites. The City is encouraging more residents to take advantage of Nextdoor, where they can ask questions, get to know one another, and exchange local advice and recommendations.

 “Today, we are excited to officially partner with Nextdoor, especially since they are a national sponsor of National Night Out, which we’re celebrating across our entire City this evening,” said Diana Klink, City Spokesperson.  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.”

“This partnership with Nextdoor gives neighbors an easy way to not only get to know each other, but develop stronger relationships with the Suffolk Police Department, “said Chief Thomas Bennett. “We believe that building trust and constant communication channels will lead to stronger and safer neighborhoods.”

With Nextdoor, Suffolk 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 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 Suffolk 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 City 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.

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 visithelp.nextdoor.com.

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