RIALTO (CBSLA.com) — The Rialto Police Department announced Tuesday it will integrate a private social network that will allow officers to communicate online with the city’s neighborhoods.

The purpose of the free website, Nextdoor, will be for residents and police to be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts.

“We have always invested in innovative ways to increase safety for our residents,” Rialto Police Chief William Farrar said in a statement. “With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their community safe and connected, and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”

Rialto residents can join to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and even lost pets.

Six Rialto neighborhoods have already started Nextdoor websites.

Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor accounts, while the police department does not have access residents’ websites, contact information or content.  Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.

For information about the website, click here.

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