Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and Tampa Police Department Join Nextdoor

Written by Annie Barco

We are thrilled to welcome two new partners to the Nextdoor neighborhood: the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis and the Tampa Police Department, who have joined Nextdoor to better connect with the residents they serve.

Yesterday, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) became the first prosecutor’s office in the Midwest to partner with Nextdoor. Led by Prosecutor Terry Curry, his office joins the Indianapolis Metro Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, both who joined Nextdoor nearly two years ago. Now, more than 630 Indianapolis neighborhoods have connected on Nextdoor.

The MCPO will be using Nextdoor to bridge the gap of information related to crime and safety concerns in Indianapolis. With Nextdoor, the MCPO now has an easy way to let neighbors know the outcome of what happened after an arrest. As a result, neighbors no longer have to wonder what happened or why a repeat offender was released.

Prosecutor Curry and his team of community prosecutors will be sharing updates on high-profile cases that impact neighborhoods, educate neighbors about the role of the Prosecutor’s Office, share crime prevention programs and resources, and activate residents to provide input on safety concerns. By combining posts from the Prosecutor’s Office with posts from Neighborhood Liaisons from the Mayor’s Office, as well as District Commanders and community policing officers from the police department, the life cycle of crime – from concern, to arrest, and now to prosecution – can be addressed on Nextdoor for members in Indianapolis.

We’re also thrilled to welcome the Tampa Police Department, who joined Nextdoor for Public Agencies today with the hope of developing closer ties with the community they serve. Tampa Bay, Florida’s third largest city, is home to more than 335,000 residents. More than 115 neighborhoods, representing 78% of neighborhoods in Tampa, are already using Nextdoor to stay connected.

Led by Police Chief Eric Ward, the Tampa Police Department announced its partnership with Nextdoor at a press conference attended by police staff and Tampa Bay neighbors. Chief Eric Ward encouraged residents to sign up for Nextdoor, noting that the department “was looking for a solution to better communicate with each individual neighborhood throughout our community, and Nextdoor is our solution.”

Since the official launch of Nextdoor for Public Agencies in October 2014, more than 2,000 public agencies have joined the platform, primarily police departments. Agencies have used Nextdoor for everything from reducing crime, to communicating during disasters, to planning community events. We’re proud to partner with agencies like the Tampa Police Department and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to help them better connect and communicate with the residents they serve.

From all of us at Nextdoor: welcome!

Find your neighborhood on Nextdoor here. If you’re a public agency interested in partnering with Nextdoor, please contact us here.

Do you have a story about how you’ve used Nextdoor in your neighborhood? Let us know.

Originally reported by FOX Indianapolis and FOX Tampa.

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