Aug 25, 2015 12:05 PM by News Staff
Police can’t be everywhere when crime happens, but a new neighborhood watch gone digital technology is helping officers stay connected with the community.
The Chico Police Department is asking residents to sign up for a social network that will help officers monitor crime in residential areas.
As part of the department’s goal of promoting more community policing, it is gearing up to join Nextdoor.com, a social network that provides a platform for neighbors to communicate with each other on a number of topics, including neighborhood crime.
A handful of Chico residents are already using Nextdoor.com. Jeff Moore, who has lived in the Sunset Avenue area for 25 years, believes signing up for the site, which is also available as an app, is the neighborly thing to do.
Police don’t have the option to post on the site, but it’s a tool they can use to get ahead of crime.
Anyone can sign-up, it’s free and verifies that you live in the neighborhood you want access to. Police begin communicating on the network next month, when it plans to reinstate its target team.