Nextdoor, a private social network for your neighborhood

Nextdoor is a private social network for your neighborhood

Are you looking for a way to keep in touch with others in your neighborhood when the need to share news or events happen? Well the Nextdoor app was created just for that purpose. The site boasts over 170,000 active neighborhoods on the website. To join a neighborhood site you have to prove you live in the neighborhood and you have to use your real name. Using your real name creates a barrier against the unpleasantness of online anonymity that we are all familiar with.

Rosta Farazan, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburg and researcher of online communities’ states that the main draw to community-based sites is mobilization. According to Farazan, “Mobilization means you need something and you want to leverage local resources to achieve it.” This may range from needing a recommendation for a plumber to reporting vehicle break-ins in the neighborhood.

However the Detroit Police Department is asking citizens who have doorbell cameras and other video surveillance systems not to post those videos on social media until the police have been involved. The Detroit Free Press is saying that police are warning citizens that posting images of suspects involved in crimes may create unnecessary hysteria, especially if an arrest has been made that the public doesn’t know about.

There are several other uses and benefits to users especially from their local government. Local messaging can take place from a town or city official if they are going to begin a construction project that will disrupt the flow of traffic in a certain area of town. Those residents can be contacted directly to advise them of the disruption before it happens. Local Police can disseminate neighborhood watch information and citizens can contact their local police departments to report suspicious activity.

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Police helicopter crashes in Arkansas

A Police Helicopter crashes in Arkansas August 16, 2108

A Little Rock Arkansas police helicopter crashed on August 16, 2018. In the video, which can be viewed below, a Bell TH-67 helicopter can be seen resting on a platform at a police training facility with its rotors turning. As the helicopter was sitting on the platform you can see it attempt to take off but when it failed to gain altitude the skid became hung up on the platform. The helicopter pitched and the rotors hit the ground breaking apart, sending debris into the air. One person can be seen running back into the building to avoid the debris.

Police stated a straight line wind blew the helicopter off the platform which injured one person. Click on the link below to view the video:

93 year old woman who loves “Cops” gets “arrested”

93 year old Simone Dumont gets “arrested”. Photo courtesy of Anne Dumont

Need a feel good story of the day? Well here you go:

For her 93rd birthday Simone Dumony’s daughter Anne arranged for her to be “gently” arrested. The Agusta Maine police department agreed. You can click here to read the rest of the story:


New Haven Police make arrests in K2 synthetic marijuana

New Haven Green during K2 incident. Photo courtesy of Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP

The New Haven green was the site of a large number of overdoses of K2 synthetic marijuana last week. Some reports have the number of overdoses listed as over 100. While the drug affected people differently most reported the symptoms as falling unconscious or suffering from nausea and vomiting. Some individuals also reportedly overdosed multiple times. The New Haven Police Department announced the arrest of the third suspect in this case.
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New Haven Police Department lip sync challenge

The lip sync challenge has made it to New Haven!! What a great view from the helipad at Yale New Haven Hospital.


Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

The New York Mets are hosting a Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Citi Field on Friday September 7th at 7:10 p.m. as they take on the Phillies.

The Mets have put together 3 specially priced ticket packages which include a $5.00 donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Each ticket also comes with a T-Shirt as its “Free Shirt Friday.”

Ticket Packages are $26.00 for Promenade Reserve, $44 for Bud Light Landing, and $57 for Baseline Box seats

Click on the link to view the seats and purchase tickets.