City Of Topeka Partners With Nextdoor, The Social Network For NeighborhoodsTOPEKA, Kan. – The City of Topeka announced today (3/4) a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Topeka is the first city in Kansas to launch this partnership.
The integration with Nextdoor will enable the City of Topeka and the Topeka Police Department to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities, with the help of residents. The Topeka Police Department and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.
“Today we are excited to officially partner with Nextdoor,” said Suzie Gilbert, Communications and Marketing Director. “The site provides residents with more avenues to easily and effectively connect with City departments, and each other, about the things that matter most to their communities.”
With Nextdoor, Topeka 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 and Police Department will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, public events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.
“This is another innovative investment that will increase safety for our residents,” said CPT Darin Scott, Assistant to the City Manager for Neighborhood Relations. “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.”
Nextdoor has already proven to be a well-adopted tool for Topeka residents. To date, 40 Topeka neighborhoods have started their Nextdoor websites. The service is free for residents and for the City. Each Topeka 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. The City and Police 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.
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 visit help.nextdoor.com.