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Date: 5/1/2014
Time: 6 p.m.

Expanding social media participation to include Nextdoor Arlington

The Arlington Police Department has a lengthy history of finding innovative ways to communicate directly with the community, including our strong presence on social media. Tomorrow the department is expanding that presence by going into Arlington’s virtual neighborhoods of Nextdoor.

By joining the private social network for neighborhoods, Nextdoor, Arlington’s Crime Prevention Officers will be able to communicate time-sensitive and relevant information to residents in the forum where people are already communicating with one another. An involved and engaged city is a stronger and safer community.

“We believe in going to the places where our residents communicate to ensure that they are informed about their police department,” said Arlington Police Chief Will D. Johnson. “By going where residents talk to one another and ask questions, our officers and police employees are in the best position to provide that information in a timely fashion.”  

Unlike other social media platforms that are generally open to anyone, Nextdoor is neighborhood-based and can be accessed only by people who live in that specific community. Officers and police employees will utilize the Arlington Nextdoor site to provide information regarding various public safety topics.

***Note to Media – Arlington Crime Prevention Sergeant Vincent Pewitt and Nextdoor representative Robbie Turner will be available to speak about Nextdoor tomorrow (Friday, May 2, 2014) between 10 a.m. and noon at the Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center (620 W. Division Street). ***

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