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Getting Your Department Online - How Can The
No longer do you have to plunk over
thousands of dollars to "get your business
online". These days all you need is a PC, Internet
connection and some free time.
You can put up a web site for absolutely no money at all.
As a matter of fact.... you are looking at one right now.
The major concern your department's management has in
regards to online presence is the cost. Every chief will
be proud to display his/her organization to the entire
world - and here is your chance to make the boss happy.
- Go to http://www.officer.com and print out a long list
of police departments online.
- Make a list of pages
you would like to be displayed in your department
- Copy the following
letter, revise it and turn it into your chief's
Attached to this memo you will find a partial
list of law enforcement agencies currently
maintaining presence on the Internet. I can not
begin to describe the public relations benefits a
web site can provide for our department. A web
site is a valuable tool for officers as well. I
have been maintaining contact with officers from
police departments nation and world wide through
their web sites. It is an "eye-opener"
to read about how laws are enforced by
departments around the world, view photos of
people, police units and stations, and even
listen to live broadcast of radio transmission
(LAPD, Houston PD, NYPD).
I have the the necessary resources
and am willing to put the time and effort into
designing, implementing and maintaining a
professional looking ___________ Police
Department web site that can be seen by any
Internet user around the world. I have the tools
to design a unique home page as well as the
server space to host the site at no charge to the
The only thing I
will need is the cooperation from the department
in taking some new photos and the gathering the
necessary information. The entire content of the
site will be submitted to _____________ for
I am also attaching a short outline of the
proposed web site. It includes the different
pages to be presented in order to better educate
the public and other departments about our
organization. It follows the same format most
Police Departments on the Internet use. Each page
will include a graphic header, text and 2 photos.
With more than 5000 law enforcement agencies on
the Internet, I can not see why such a project
can not go forward in our department.
I welcome any of your questions in the matter and
look forward to getting the "go-ahead"
for this project. If you have Internet access,
visit http://www.officer.com for a complete
listing of departments web sites from the U.S and
- Reserve free hosting
space for your site by signing up with a service
such as http://www.xoom.com, or http://www.tripod.com.
- Set up a free Email
account for your department by signing up with a
service such as http://www.hotmail.com, http://mail.excite.com/ and http://mail.yahoo.com.
- Download Netscape Communicator for Free and use the
Composer program to construct your a web page.
- To edit photos,
create headers and graphics, download Paint Shopt Pro for free
- Start out with a
basic page design and then work your way up.
We followed this exact
pattern and the results were great. The chief got his
site, we got the recognition and the department got
If you need help putting a project like this together,
drop us a line and we'll be happy to assist.
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position of On-Duty. They send it, you read it.
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