Tuesday, August 04, 2015

OCSD adopts social media to communicate with residents

OCSD adopts social media to communicate with residents

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita  - The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods in an attempt to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. 

This partnership with Nextdoor will enable the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and share important safety updates, emergency notifications, news, services and programs with Orange County residents within their patrol jurisdiction. Residents and Sheriff staff will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts. 

According to  Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens. “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. We look forward to fostering relationships and continuing conversations with residents" 

According to the OCSD, 77% of the county has launched Nextdoor websites.

With Nextdoor, Orange County 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 Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be able to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, to Nextdoor websites within their patrol jurisdiction. 

Nextdoor is free for residents and the Sheriff’s Department. Each Orange County 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 and the Sheriff’s 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.

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