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City of Mobile and the Mobile Police Department Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Successful Neighborhood Engagement Using Nextdoor

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Written by Anne Dreshfield

This past Tuesday we traveled to Mobile, Alabama, to celebrate the incredible ways the City of Mobile, the Mobile Police Department, and the residents of Mobile have used Nextdoor in the past year.

The City of Mobile and the Mobile Police Department partnered with Nextdoor on last year’s National Night Out, August 4, 2014, to launch Nextdoor in their community, providing a citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications channel to residents across Mobile.

Adrian Fine recognizes Mayor Sandy Stimpson for his exemplary use of Nextdoor in Mobile.

Adrian Fine recognizes Mayor Sandy Stimpson for his exemplary use of Nextdoor in Mobile.

Over the past year, adoption of Nextdoor across Mobile has risen dramatically. Thanks to the efforts of both the City of Mobile and the Mobile Police Department, Nextdoor membership increased a staggering 230 percent. The City of Mobile and Mobile Police Department well surpassed their goal of welcoming 10,000 Mobile residents on Nextdoor, and have set a new goal to double Nextdoor membership in the next year.

One of the Nextdoor signs in a neighborhood in Mobile.

One of the Nextdoor signs in a neighborhood in Mobile.

And the city hasn’t stopped there. In June, the city announced a new initiative to give a high-quality, reflective Nextdoor sign to every neighborhood in Mobile that launches a Nextdoor website, replacing the old neighborhood watch signs across the city. All told, the city created 100 signs, and is already receiving requests for more from local residents.

“Our city is stronger when we have informed, active, and involved residents,” Chief Barber said. “Their input is vital for our local government to respond to community needs. Nextdoor has been an efficient way for residents to become more engaged within their own communities and with our police department. We are excited that so many neighborhoods are participating and encourage more residents to join the network.”

The city, police department, and neighbors have worked together on Nextdoor to significantly increase communication and engagement across Mobile. The Mobile Police Department has actively generated and shared more than 5,000 informative posts and updates with members either on a city-wide or neighborhood level. Chief Barber noted one instance where the police department used Nextdoor to notify residents of an elderly man with dementia who was reported missing in November 2014. Within a short period of time, a neighbor reported sighting a similar truck, and the man was soon located in Mississippi.

Adrian Fine recognizes Chief Jim Barber for the police department’s use of Nextdoor over the past year.

Adrian Fine recognizes Chief Jim Barber for the police department’s use of Nextdoor over the past year.

At the official National Night Out hosted by the Mobile Police Department on Tuesday, Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Chief Jim Barber recognized the following neighborhoods with awards for their dedication to building stronger, safer Mobile communities on Nextdoor:

  • Most Neighbors Enrolled on Nextdoor: Nextdoor Spring Hill
  • Most Talkative Neighborhood: Nextdoor Old Dauphin Way
  • Most Social Neighborhood: Nextdoor Baker
  • Nextdoor Neighborhood Champion: Nextdoor Ravine Woods
  • Most Helpful Neighborhood: Nextdoor Oakleigh Garden District
  • Most Generous Neighborhood: Nextdoor Bromley
  • Neighborhood with the Strongest Virtual Neighborhood Watch: Nextdoor Kimberlin

We’re honored that Nextdoor has played a small role in helping the City of Mobile, the Mobile Police Department, and neighbors across Mobile create stronger and safer places to call home.

You can join or start your Nextdoor website here.

2 Comments

  • I was wondering if you have an action plan, checklist, or literature (white paper, etc) about Mobile, Alabama (or other cities) to generate some Nextdoor buzz with my own city council, police chief, mayor?

  • I honestly think that recognizing and celebrating events like this one encourages community & law enforcement friendship. Way to go!

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