**Note to residents: Tune in to our Facebook page around 9:15 a.m. to watch this event broadcast live: https://www.facebook.com/fairfaxcountypolice
For the past few months, police department crime prevention officers have been virtually engaging with local residents to keep them informed of public safety issues, news and services specific to each resident’s own neighborhood. Nextdoor is a private, free social network for neighborhoods where community members can share a variety of information. Local police have joined in and use it to interact directly with neighborhoods to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood awareness.
Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police, believes “communicating easily with residents is vital to maintaining and increasing safety, reducing crime and empowering neighbors to be more connected to each other and keep their communities safer.” Fairfax County is the largest county in Virginia to partner with Nextdoor. More than 540 neighborhoods have already started Nextdoor websites.
Media are invited for an opportunity to learn more about this successful program. You will hear from the police chief, a Nextdoor representative and local Nextdoor community subscribers. The Nextdoor representative will walk you through the online app, then immediately following the briefing, you will have an opportunity to interview speakers one-on-one:
WHEN: Monday, February 22 at 9:15 a.m. (Doors will be open at 8:45 a.m. to allow time for setup)
WHERE: McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC), lobby conference room, 4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
CONTACT: PFC T.J. Wright, Public Information Officer, 703-246-2253
Neighbors establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website, which is only accessible to residents of that neighborhood. Police department personnel cannot access residents’ websites, contact information or content nor can it be accessed by various search engines. Community members interested in learning more can visit: www.nextdoor.com or contact your local district police station to speak to your crime prevention officer.