The program allows neighbors to virtually link with each other to keep an eye on their communities.

State police on May 12 announced a pilot program with Nextdoor.com, a free, private and secure social network for neighborhoods. The program will enhance communication between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they serve, DSP spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

The program is the same as the one Dover police announced in October.

The Delaware State Police is the first state police agency in the country to use Nextdoor.com. Selected troops throughout the state are piloting the social media platform. Neighbors across the state will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch programs.

The state police announced this partnership to provide safer and more secure communities with the help of Delaware residents, Bratz said. Using the system, troopers can effectively share crime prevention and safety updates, free community safety events and urgent alert notifications. The public can expect to receive posts related to crime and DSP safety updates, he said.

Nextdoor is a free private and secure social media website available to Delaware residents. The website is kept private and accessible only to residents who have a verified address. Neighbors establish and manage their own Nextdoor.com website. The state police will not be able to access resident’s websites, contact information or content and only see the number of crime and safety posts, Bratz said.

“We encourage others to visit and research Nextdoor.com and follow the easy steps to log in and after establishing their very own website visit help.nextdoor.com for any questions or concerns,” Bratz said.

Police say Nextdoor.com is not the way to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity, file a report, etc. For emergency services, call 911.

Bratz said more than 371 neighborhoods have launched their private and secured website. Currently 79 neighborhoods have initiated websites in Delaware with more than 25,000 community members actively engaged within state police jurisdiction.