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OPD teams up with Nextdoor for more community communication

Posted at 10:37 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 23:37:16-04

The Omaha Police Department is partnering with Nextdoor, the private social network system for neighborhoods.

"It is the opportunity to communicate very quickly, a missing child, maybe a senior has wandered around, lost dogs,” said Ron Scholz as he was describing Nextdoor.

OPD will not be a part of the conversation that about 90 Omaha neighborhoods are in. 

“We are able to push out information; we are not able to see the conversation going on within each of the neighborhoods,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Vanessa Urbach.

Urbach said that Nextdoor is the new neighborhood watch, and will be a good way for them to get information to people.

“They are going to get that information out and it will be just like that,” said Scholz.

He said his neighborhood uses the app for ultimate communication, “Nextdoor is really kind of a saving grace for us, we have spent a lot of time over the last few years trying to figure out how to communicate.”

Urbach did stress that OPD will not see neighborhood activity but will be a posting presence in the neighborhoods, and someone can opt out of seeing their posts.