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Dover PD Gold Alert 9-30-15

Complaint # 50-15-28912

Date:  Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department has issued a gold alert for a missing 70-year-old man.  William Garrett, left his residence at the Brookdale Nursing Center after 10:30PM on Tuesday, September 29th.  Garrett suffers from a variety of conditions that require care from others.  Garrett is described as being 5’7″ and 207 pounds with blue eyes and walks with a cane.

William Garrett
William Garrett

Dover Police Department Partners with Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods

Dover, DE – September 30, 2015 – The Dover Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve city-wide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.


Led by Chief Paul Bernat, this partnership with Nextdoor will enable the police department to use Nextdoor to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and share important safety updates, emergency notifications, news, services and programs with Dover neighborhoods. The Dover Police Department and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.


“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but also increasing safety and reducing crime within our communities,” said Chief Bernat. “With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on neighborhood watch efforts.”


With Nextdoor, Dover residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Police Department will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.


Nextdoor is free for residents and the Police Department. Each Dover neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Police Department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.


Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.