New Site Aims To Provide Communication Between City And Neighbors

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The city of Topeka is working to improve communications both citywide and between neighbors.

Officials announced Tuesday the partnership with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods.

Residents will be able to join the network and share information such as public safety issues, community events and even lost pets.

The city and the Topeka Police Department will also be able to post information like news and emergency notifications.

"The city doesn't see anything neighbors post," said Suzie Gilbert, Communications and Marketing Director for the City of Topeka. "We can't get in, we can't change content. All we do is post messages to neighbors. The site actually empowers neighbors to get together themselves, to form neighborhood watches, to communicate with each other whereas usually you might not talk to your neighbor. It might be easier to do it online."

Topeka is the first city to launch the partnership. Gilbert says 40 out of the city's 72 neighborhoods are already active on the site.

To sign up for Nextdoor, click the provided link.