There Goes the Virtual Neighborhood!
Written by Public Affairs on October 14, 2014 3:54 pm
Guess who’s moving in Nextdoor? Seattle PD Public Affairs will begin posting useful public safety information on Nextdoor.com effective this week. From crime trends and blotter articles to Community Policing Microplans, Seattle PD will be sharing information with Seattle Nextdoor users, making it even easier for residents to access public safety content.
SeaStat, SPD’s new data driven approach to addressing crime and disorder issues, is a game changer when it comes to how our department looks at community safety. Nextdoor users will have an active role helping inform SeaStat, since officer deployment will be based not only on crime data, but also on community feedback. Look for neighborhood specific surveys on how SPD can improve community safety and police services in the near future.
Conversely, as crime trends are identified and addressed, SPD Public Affairs will work with crime analysts to ensure that relevant information is shared publicly with Nextdoor users. SeaStat is all about prevention, intervention and enforcement. We are hoping that Nextdoor users will be able to help reduce crime by actively participating in the SeatStat program.
If you are reading this SPD Blotter post, you are one of the approximately 1.5 million people that will be accessing the site this year. SPD Public Affairs will post Blotter content directly on one of Seattle’s 193 existing neighborhood groups when news breaks, providing increased access to users in 97% of existing Seattle neighborhoods. Simply click on the link provided and voilà, you’ll be in the know.
With Community Policing Microplans still in development, we will be able to tailor our crime reduction strategies not by precinct, sector or beat, but by neighborhood. Nextdoor users can see and weigh in on these plans before they are finalized.
We are committed to working together when it comes keeping our community safe. While many residents already engage with us on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, we are excited for the opportunity to replicate these virtual relationships on one of the fastest growing social media platforms around. Seattle Nextdoor users are already having a conversation about crime and safety. We want to ensure that we’re part of it.