An app to keep your family safe

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A popular app that helps Wichita Falls neighbors connect, now has something new to help keep your neighborhood safe.

Since 2014 the Wichita Falls Police Department has been working with neighborhoods in the city through the next door program. It's a free private social network for neighbors to report issues and communicate with each other. 
Now it's taken a step forward with a "forward to police feature" that allows residents to send crime and safety information to police directly with just a push of a button. Officer Jeff Hughes spoke about why this new feature is so important.

"This is just a way for you to communicate with police maybe what is going on, maybe some suspicious activity that you have seen or been made aware of in your group. Something you want to make us aware about."

The new feature does not replace a call to 911 in case of an emergency, but it will allow police a chance to respond to safety concerns and potential criminal activity in neighborhoods. 
More than 70 neighborhoods use the next door service already in Wichita Falls.

The Wichita Falls Police Department wants to remind people that all of their social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook are just that. 
They are only used  for the department to get information out and they do not take the place of calling 911 or filing a police report.