It’s still a work in progress, but the Philadelphia Police Department has relaunched its Website with all sorts of useful features appropriate to a big-city effort.
And, heading into the modern era, the department has joined the scores around the country with a Twitter feed.
The new site, at the new address phillypolice.com, went live just before the new year. It has an easy-to-use interface, cool mapping applications, stats, and all the forms citizens will ever need.
“We want to engage and communicate more effectively with our community members using web technologies,” said Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who also appears in a YouTube video on the site. “With this site, we’ll be able to post information in real-time, provide each of our districts with their own pages, and give the public a chance to get to know the Department.”
It’s got headlines, a link to Philly’s Most Wanted, an RSS feed and more. The department is keeping the site in “beta” for three months and soliciting public feedback. (That link is easy to find also.)
“The most frequently asked question when people call 3-1-1 is: ‘What police district do I live in?’,” said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison. “Now people can go directly to a Website, find the answer, receive information from their district captain about meetings, as well as get crime statistics. This is the kind of community engagement that we need in building safer and stronger neighborhoods.”
The PPD and city Office of Emergency Management have already engaged in other efforts for timely public notification, making alerts available through ReadyNotifyPa.org, the city’s emergency text and email alert system. Alerts sent include crime alerts, safety and prevention tips and informational announcements, such as upcoming community meetings.
“We need as many ways to connect with our community members as possible,” said Ramsey.
So for its efforts and for the promise of what’s ahead, phillypolice.com is the Government Video Website of the Week!
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