2017 was an amazing year for Nextdoor neighborhoods across the country, thanks in large part to all of our public agency partners. In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, all of us at Nextdoor wanted to thank our agency partners for sharing our mission of building stronger, safer neighborhoods.
We are grateful to our agency partners who in 2017 alone have shared hundreds of thousands of posts to help residents feel safer, connected, and heard. Last year alone, we welcomed more agencies onto Nextdoor than ever before, onboarding more than 800 new partners, bringing our total to nearly 3,000 agencies.
Public agencies are an integral part of each community and we are honored that they use Nextdoor in such incredible ways. Below are a few inspiring agency moments from 2017.
- Fairfax County Police arrested a serial burglar – In an exemplary show of community-police teamwork, Virginia’s Fairfax County Police Department arrested a serial burglar after an alert neighbor tipped them off. The department had posted a warning to neighbors on Nextdoor and shortly after a member spotted a suspicious person and called police, resulting in the arrest.
- The Sacramento Police Department reduced the burglary rate by 17.5% – A partner since June 2013, the Sacramento Police Department has built incredible neighborhood watch programs across the city. This year, the department reduced the burglary rate by 17.5%, an achievement they credit in part to Nextdoor and the relationship they’ve formed with Sacramento neighbors.
- Over 120 Houston agencies came together on Nextdoor during Hurricane Harvey – Together, Houston area agencies shared over 1,200 posts and received more than 10,000 replies and over 55,000 thanks from grateful residents who relied on their critical updates during Harvey. This unprecedented use of Nextdoor led to the declaration of September 28th as Nextdoor Day across Harris County and Mayor Turner’s adoption of the platform.
- Durham Police found a missing elderly man with help from the community – Durham Police were able to find a 60-year-old man suffering from dementia after he had been reported missing from his group home. Just eight hours after the police posted an urgent alert to Nextdoor, a neighbor saw the elderly man wondering out of the woods behind his home and quickly called police.
- 10,000 residents joined Nextdoor in response to Bexar County Sheriff’s Office – Just three weeks after BCSO partnered with Nextdoor, residents came flocking to the site to ensure they received safety information and thanked BCSO for joining. BCSO received dozens of crime tips in the first few days and received 650 replies and over 6,000 thanks to their first 10 posts.
From all of us at Nextdoor, we want to thank our public agency partners for making 2017 a great year for neighbors and communities everywhere. Here’s to making 2018 even better!
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