Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Cop Nextdoor

"More than 4,000 Cambridge residents already use San Francisco-based Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods to request a babysitter, ask for help finding a lost dog, or report suspicious activity, said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for the Cambridge Police Department. Kelsey Grady, the “founding member” of the Nextdoor neighborhood names the community and establishes the neighborhood boundary, and a “neighborhood lead” encourages members to join and can remove any posts that violate Nextdoor’s policy. Only members of the Nextdoor neighborhood can see the posts. Cambridge police currently use “Citizen Observer,” a service used to send e-mail and text alerts about crime and other happenings, and the “CodeRED” emergency notification system. But both of these methods lack the ability for residents to see questions posed by their neighbors, or to read police responses to other neighbors."

Hey, establishing two-way communication with police is free so....! 

Time for me to go silent for this evening.