Martinsville police offer new ways to share information, keep residents informed

Martinsville Police Department
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MARTINSVILLE (WSLS 10) - The Martinsville Police Department announced Friday a partnership with Nextdoor, a free and private social network for neighborhoods, to increase communications with residents.

Residents can now register to receive messages directly from the Martinsville Police Department, share information with neighbors and get updates on Martinsville Police Department's projects and activities.

Nextdoor is a continuation of the Martinsville Police Department's strategy to enhance citizen satisfaction and improve communications with citizens.

Residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets.

Police say Nextdoor is a free service. Every Martinsville neighborhood can have its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and 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.

Chief Sean Dunn stated, "This is a great way to leverage technology to enhance our community policing efforts.  This will allow us to enjoy a stronger connection with our citizens while advancing the safety and quality of life of our community.  I want to commend Master Officer Richard Ratcliffe for managing this project!"