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12/08/2014

Nextdoor Partnership

Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office partners with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods

Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (http://www.nextdoor.com/), the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Sheriff’s Office to communicate online with Bastrop County neighborhoods. Residents and the Sheriff’s Office will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.

“This partnership with Nextdoor gives neighbors an easy way to not only get to know each other, but develop stronger relationships with their local Sheriff’s Office, “Sheriff Terry Pickering. “We believe that building trust and constant communication channels will lead to stronger and safer neighborhoods.”

Nextdoor has proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool, both locally as well as nationally, with one-in-four neighborhoods using Nextdoor across the country.  With Nextdoor, residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets.

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office will be able to share helpful information with Nextdoor members, such as important crime alerts, emergency notifications, safety precautions and tips, details for events and crime watch meetings, and updates on activity affecting the local area to Nextdoor websites within the county. However, the Sheriff’s Office will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the Sheriff’s Office.  Each Bastrop County neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

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