New “Forward to Police” Feature on Nextdoor

101217,NextDoorForwardtoPoliceFairfax County residents using Nextdoor can now forward their Crime & Safety posts and Urgent Alerts directly to us online. Nextdoor is a free and private social network for neighborhoods. This new feature called “Forward to Police” allows residents to share information regarding safety and criminal activity in their neighborhoods with our crime prevention officers.

We began partnering with Nextdoor in January 2016 to help improve countywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. This new feature allows us to better serve and address the needs and concerns of our residents. It’s important to note, however, that this new feature is supplemental, and not intended to replace the use of our 9-1-1 or non-emergency reporting system. We encourage residents to contact us by phone to report an emergency or meet with an officer to file a police report.

More than 150,000 neighborhoods across the nation use Nextdoor, including over 850 communities within Fairfax County. This network is free to use, and each neighborhood has its own Nextdoor website, accessible only to people who live within. All members must verify where they live before joining, and information shared on the site is password protected.

Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their sites. Our agency cannot access residents’ websites, contact information, or content unless it is a Crime & Safety post or Urgent Alert you have forwarded to us using the “Forward to Police” feature.

If you are interested in joining your neighborhood’s Nextdoor website, visit www.nextdoor.com and enter your address. If you have questions about your website, please visit https://help.nextdoor.com.