The Safer Neighbourhoods Teams in Askew, Ravenscourt Park and Addison wards are now using Nextdoor. And their colleagues across the rest of the borough will be joining them shortly.
The Nextdoor app and website will enable the police and local residents to communicate instantly in the event of an emergency.
H&F Met Police Chief Superintendent Gideon Springer said: “Nextdoor gives our teams a great way to talk to local residents and hear from them about their local crime and safety concerns.
“It will also help us to reach local communities instantly in the event of a major incident or an ongoing crime situation. We know from police departments in the US that joining our local communities on Nextdoor could help us to address criminal activity quickly and keep people safer.”
Nextdoor also provides a platform for public services to help them keep in touch with local residents. Hammersmith & Fulham Council is also using Nextdoor to help keep residents informed, as well as to discuss safety issues, promote local events, alert road works and local consultations.
Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council, said: “We support technology such as Nextdoor that keep residents better informed. Connecting neighbours with their local police teams will help communities work together and stay safer.”
Nextdoor is used by more than 112,000 neighbourhoods in the United States, with more than 1,600 government and law enforcement agencies also talking to local communities.
And while H&F Council and the police can post messages on Nextdoor, they cannot see any of the exchanges between members on the site.