A Tale of Two Coasts: The San Francisco Fire Department and the Norfolk Police Department Join Nextdoor

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This morning, the Norfolk Police Department officially turned to neighborhood social networking to help fight crime. At a press conference led by Chief Michael Goldsmith, the Norfolk Police Department announced a partnership with Nextdoor to help neighborhoods across Norfolk connect, communicate, and stay safe.

“Nextdoor is part of our strategy to leverage whatever we can to connect with our residents,” says Chief Goldsmith. “We don’t solve anything without some sort of community input. This is just another avenue for that.”

Already more than 45 neighborhoods, representing 80% of the City of Norfolk, are using Nextdoor to keep their neighborhoods safe. Local Nextdoor Leads and Founding Members Barbara King and Andrew Flynn were in attendance to help celebrate the partnership.

“It’s just the best way to communicate,” says Barbara.

Over on the West Coast, the San Francisco Fire Department officially joined Nextdoor to share preparedness and safety tips from the Department’s key programs and divisions with San Francisco residents.

“We are excited to continue to strengthen our connections in neighborhoods,” said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “We want to contribute to an informed community, especially knowing that this will make us stronger after an emergency.”

More than 180 San Francisco neighborhoods – representing more than 95% of the city – have launched Nextdoor websites.

The San Francisco Fire Department joins other San Francisco agencies already on Nextdoor, including the Office of Emergency Management, the Film Commission, and the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN).

Interested in connecting with your local government on Nextdoor? Contact us here.

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