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Police partnering with social networking site

Chase Cook
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Annapolis police announce partnership with Nextdoor, a neighborhood social networking site.

The Annapolis police department is partnering with www.nextdoor.com, a social network for neighborhoods to share information privately.

The application is billed as a "private social network" on Nextdoor's website. Police departments in Maryland have worked with the app to share news about public safety issues as well as local events. The Baltimore and Prince George's County police departments use the program. Fifteen neighborhoods, about 88 percent of the city, are already on the social network, according to a news release.

Each Annapolis neighborhood will have its own "private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood," city officials said. To join the network, visit www.nextdoor.com/annapolis and enter a home address.

"With Nextdoor, neighbors get to know one another, strengthen existing relationships, and increase information-sharing with the Police Department," Police Chief Michael Pristoop said in a statement.

Police officials said the partnership has been in the works before the recent rash of violent activity in the city. A homicide victim was found dead Sunday in a wooded area and on April 17, 31 shots rang out in Eastport.

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