- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say are starting to use a social media network to better connect with communities.

Sgt. Richard D. Bratz says Delaware is the first state police agency in the county to use nextdoor.com .

The forum was created to help neighbors share recommendations for things like babysitters.

State Police say they’ll use the website to share crime prevention and safety updates, free community safety events and urgent alert notifications. They say select troops throughout the state will try out the program.

Police are encouraging residents to create their own nextdoor.com accounts.

They say they won’t be able to see residents’ contact information or content. Police will be able to see only the number of crime and safety posts in a community, which will allow them to direct resources there.

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