HOUSTON -- Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. and Nextdoor Co-Founder and CEO Nirav Tolia announced on Tuesday HPD's participation in Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, which facilitates a virtual neighborhood watch program.

Nextdoor is a free social network for residents and the police department. Almost 400 neighborhoods are already participating in Nextdoor. HPD will use the tool to strengthen neighbor-to-neighbor communications and will share important news, information on services and programs, and provide notification to neighborhoods signed up on the platform.

Each Houston neighborhood has the option of its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Residents can use their website to get to know their neighbors, ask questions and exchange information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, and much more.

A neighborhood establishes and self-manages its own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. HPD will post important information, such as crime updates to Nextdoor sites within the city that are relevant to each specific neighborhood. HPD will not be able to access the residents websites, contact information, or content.

In this day and age, it is vital for neighbors to come together and look out for one another, said HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. Nextdoor makes it easy for HPD to share information with Houston neighborhoods and help combat crime.

Citizens interested in joining their neighborhood s Nextdoor website can visit the site and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available, the citizen can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for the area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.

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