Sheriffs launch city of Patterson's Nextdoor website
by PI Staff
Aug 07, 2014 | 1668 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Patterson Police Services recently announced a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. A partnership will enable the Sheriff’s Department to communicate with residents and facilitate a virtual Neighborhood Watch. The Sheriff’s Department went live on July 30.

This integration with Nextdoor will enable the city of Patterson to communicate online or through mobile devices with Patterson neighborhoods. Residents and police will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts. “We have always invested in innovative ways to increase safety for our residents,” said Chief Tori Hughes. “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.”

With Nextdoor, Patterson residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, whether it regards neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services or even lost pets. The Patterson Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s Department. Each Patterson 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 Sheriff’s 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.

Although the site is still in its infancy here in Patterson, Chief Tori Hughes has already noticed people catching on to the website. “We’re actually getting alot of great feedback,” said Chief Hughes.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.

If you have any tips, you can leave them anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail their tips at modestopolice.com/crimestoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.
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