Los Angeles –City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that with 22 Neighborhood Prosecutors in place, he is embarking on a groundbreaking partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for building and strengthening neighborhoods. This marks the first prosecutorial office in the country to adopt Nextdoor.
“The key to a great city is having safe, vibrant and healthy neighborhoods,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “When I ran for City Attorney I promised to double the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program and I am proud that we have nearly tripled it. In addition, we are launching a unique partnership with Nextdoor to deepen the connection between our office and the residents and neighborhoods we serve.”
Feuer’s Neighborhood Prosecutors are assigned to each of the 21 LAPD divisions in addition to stationed in East Hollywood through a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. When Feuer took office in 2013, there were only eight Neighborhood Prosecutors in place. With the new Nextdoor partnership, all 22 Neighborhood Prosecutors will directly communicate and work even more effectively with Los Angeles residents to make neighborhoods across the city stronger and safer.
"We are honored that the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is using Nextdoor to give the Neighborhood Prosecutors the ability to more easily and efficiently connect with the residents that they serve," said Nirav Tolia, Co-Founder and CEO of Nextdoor. "The backbone of a strong and safe community is clear communication and collaboration amongst neighbors as well as with those who serve them."
Feuer’s Neighborhood Prosecutors will use Nextdoor to communicate with residents on a neighborhood level about an array of initiatives his office has launched, including a broad neighborhood school safety program, a strike force to combat illegal dumping, tackling substandard housing, cracking down on patient dumping, closing hundreds of the City’s unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries, instituting a program to protect immigrants from fraud, targeting polluters and advancing environmental justice. In addition, residents will be able to alert their Neighborhood Prosecutors to issues and instances that are happening in their neighborhoods.
Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Los Angeles residents. Nearly 850 neighborhoods in Los Angeles are using Nextdoor.
With Nextdoor, Los Angeles residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information with each other, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets.
Nextdoor is free for residents and Neighborhood Prosecutors. Each Los Angeles neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.