The Dunwoody Police Department on Sept. 17 announced its decision to join Brookhaven and other local cities nationwide on NextDoor (www.NextDoor.com).

Reporter Newspapers reported on Brookhaven Police Department’s decision to use the community service tool, and now Dunwoody police say they look forward to facilitating a virtual neighborhood watch program and helping foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the police department. Each Dunwoody neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites and the police department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address.

To start a Nextdoor community, one person fills out an application and must sign up at least 10 neighbors in 21 days to make it official. More than 41,000 neighborhoods across the country now use the network, according to Nextdoor.com.