MIAMI (WSVN) - City of Miami Police are aiming to build stronger bonds with a new virtual neighborhood watch.

The department is partnering with “NextDoor,” a private social network for neighborhoods. Through this program, residents will have a chance to create private neighborhood websites that share public safety issues, community events, local services and even lost pets.

Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said the program is a win-win for the community and local law enforcement. “It creates a stronger community amongst the neighbors, and that [involves] us injecting ourselves into that conversation,” he said. “It also helps us to give out information and receive information on a real time basis that we can use to solve crimes and to help neighbors.”

Each Miami neighborhood will receive its own website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.

Copyright 2023 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox