How the Rocky Mount Nextdoor Program Can Help You Fight Crime in Your Neighborhood



Facebook is great. Twitter may be fun. But there is one social network that can actually help you, your neighbors and your community create a safer environment. It’s called Nextdoor, and the Rocky Mount Police Department is using it to make an impact on the crime rate in Rocky Mount, NC.

What is Nextdoor, and How Can It Help Rocky Mount Neighborhoods?

Nextdoor is a free, private, social network geared only for your neighborhood and your community. It is a fast, efficient way for you to contact your neighbors and make your neighborhood happier and safer. It is used by more than 210,000 communities and neighborhoods around the world.

Some of the advantages of Nextdoor are:

  • It enables you to easily organize a Neighborhood Watch Group.
  • It helps you get the word out about a break-in or suspicious activity in the area.
  • It helps you discover reliable painters, babysitters and other services.
  • It is a valuable aid in tracking down lost pets.
  • It provides a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors.
  • You can use it to share important information during a natural disaster.
  • It can be a valuable tool to learn more about volunteer opportunities and city events.
  • It can be used to gain valuable information from the Rocky Mount Police Department.

How Rocky Mount Benefits From Nextdoor

This social network allows the city and its agencies to make a connection with neighborhoods and address any concerns residents may have. It’s a wonderful tool for communicating directly with the people the city is serving. Even better, Nextdoor enables officials to directly target certain neighborhoods, allowing them to give more specific information that may only be relevant to a couple of city blocks.

The Rocky Mount Police Department already has a presence on Nextdoor, which can also be used as a digital neighborhood crime prevention watch tool. This social media platform allows police to give proactive crime prevention advice to keep families, residents, and their property safe. It’s also a great venue for residents to report any suspicious activity they see.

You can check out the news by viewing the Rocky Mount Police Department’s Nextdoor page.

Interested in Participating in the Nextdoor Program in Your Community?

You can learn more information by calling 252-972-1466 or visiting the Nextdoor website.

Of course, Nextdoor is only one of the outreach programs provided by those who protect and serve our city. Some of the others include:

The Citizens Police Academy

Since 1998, this program provides an opportunity for citizens to learn more about police procedures and the inner workings of the Rocky Mount Police Department. To date, more than 800 citizens have completed the program. Topics covered include:

  • Gang and drug awareness
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Fair and impartial policing
  • Church security

For more information, check out our previous article, “Three Things You Can Learn From The Rocky Mount Citizens Police Academy.”

College Internships and Service Learning Opportunities

For those who are interested in a career in law enforcement, the police department also offers an unpaid college internship. In order to be considered, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a college-level program.
  • Undergo an interview and background check.
  • Be available to work between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Provide references.
  • Not have any felony convictions.

You can download an application on the city’s website

Nextdoor is Just One of Many Ways Officers Keep Our City Safe

If you want to get to know your neighbors, establish a Neighborhood Watch or enhance the feeling of community, consider signing up for Nextdoor.  It’s free and only takes a moment.

If you see one of these dedicated police officers in Rocky Mount, be sure to thank them for their service. The Rocky Mount Review would like to extend our appreciation for all that they do for our city and community.

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