Gastonia Police join Nextdoor, a social media network for neighborhoods

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The Gastonia Police Department has joined Nextdoor (, the social media network for neighborhoods, to help promote citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

Nextdoor is another tool to help Gastonia Police build stronger, safer communities with the help of Gastonia residents. On April 10, there were 6,904 members in 115 neighborhoods in Gastonia using Nextdoor, or 13 percent of the city’s 37,665 households, according to Nextdoor metrics.

“We believe that building trust and good communication leads to stronger and safer neighborhoods,” said Gastonia Police Chief Rob Helton. “Nextdoor is another tool to help us with this.”

Nextdoor allows residents to create private neighborhood websites to share information. Information shared includes neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Gastonia Police Department will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor neighborhoods in Gastonia.

Nextdoor is free for residents. Each Gastonia neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Gastonia Police Department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content.

The Gastonia Police Department joins over 2,400 public agencies across the country who are using Nextdoor for Public Agencies to build stronger relationships with their residents. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit and enter their address.