Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported the number of U.S. neighborhoods that use Nextdoor; according to information provided by the company, 40 percent of neighborhoods use the service.
Two local police departments announced this week new online resources for residents to keep connected to happenings in their communities.
Atascadero police announced Tuesday they have joined a growing number of departments to partner with the social media website Nextdoor, a free neighborhood-based forum which allows neighbors to share information about goings-on in their immediate areas.
With the Atascadero Police Department signing on, subscribed residents will have access to news straight from the agency, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and lost pet alerts.
The Paso Robles Police Department also uses the service.
According to a Nextdoor spokeswoman, approximately 40 percent of U.S. neighborhoods use the service. User information is password-protected and cannot be accessed by police or search engines. To sign up, visit nextdoor.com.
Also this week, the San Luis Obispo Police Department unveiled its new smartphone and tablet app, in which resources for contacting officers, submitting anonymous tips and reading the police incident logs, as well as links to the department’s various social media feeds, news releases and the California sex offender information, are one click away.
The app is available through Apple’s App Store or through Google.