LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement agencies in Central Arkansas have added a new tool to their arsenal.
The Nextdoor app was launched six years ago as a way of making neighborhood watches digital. In the last couple of years, they've started becoming more and more popular across every community in the country.
Law enforcement in Central Arkansas are capitalizing on that popularity by utilizing the app to help their communities and get their help in return.
"It's just to get closer to the community, if they have concerns or have complaints," an officer said.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has joined the Nextdoor app.
Last year, we told you the agency would start using the app for anonymous tips. Last week, they upped the ante and began making warning posts for the 45,000 residents in the County with the app.
"Several people had called us claiming someone was pretending to be a member of the Sheriff's Office and demanding money for an outstanding warrant, or missing jury duty. So we put this out to the entire Pulaski County,” said Lt. Cody Burk with the PCSO.
The response was overwhelming. People thanked him for the post and commented that the post prevented them from being victims.
"A lot of times on Facebook, it doesn't do it chronologically, and sometimes you may not see a post until a week later. It will just appear on your timeline. But with this, it seems like a whole lot easier way to get the information out," said Burk.
Within the app, law enforcement can target particular neighborhoods with their message.
"I could do the whole county or I could go down here to the Jefferson County line - Hensley, Woodson...Sweet Home, Roland," Burk said. "That way you don't have to send a message out to a whole community, you can just send it to the people who are really affected by it."
Something worth noting is the Sheriff's Office can't see anything you post on your neighborhood Nextdoor app unless you want them to. If you would like them to see a post all you have to do is tag them.
Benton Police have been on Nextdoor for just about three years and say they've gotten great results.
"Not everybody uses Facebook, not everybody uses Twitter, or Instagram, but they'll use the simple Nextdoor app. Because they're already signed into that, they can get those notifications, and if they want to respond to us, they can,” said Sgt. Quinton Jackson.
He said he expects more law enforcement agencies will begin using the app and using other forms of social media, to increase awareness and communication.
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