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  1. #1
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    I'm looking for a well designed Police Dept. site for an assignment. I have to compare two sites. I already have a "bad" police site.
    http://www.northbridgepolice.com/index.htm (bad)
    Thanks.

    PS. Please don't recommend NYPD or LAPD. Their sites are too big and "busy" and complex for my comparison purposes.

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    Before we get started, let's try to provide context for the term "well designed."

    For example, only 11 percent displayed pictures of individual officers, only 16 percent provided crime data and only 1 percent provided interactive neighborhood crime maps. Very few departments allowed online surveys (4 percent), and 58 percent provided a general e-mail capacity designed to allow residents to voice concerns directly to the department. In terms of format, 40 percent of the Web sites were deemed user-friendly, meaning they were easy to navigate and contained useful, relevant, well-organized content. Only 23 percent of police sites allowed residents to leave anonymous tips.

    -- The State of Police Department WebSites
    For example, Atlanta isn't an aesthetic hit but they have suplemented the navigation with an alternative navigation by zone map.

    The problem comes in when "well-designed" is limited to a single dimension. Design has to be how the site works for users, integrates any best-practices (which are based on studies and tests), and so on. The critieria, like the quality of information sometimes gets undervalued. I admit to a fair measure of astonishment when terms like "well designed" get used.

    This isn't like the "check out my PhotoShop skills" reviews, people have to use municipal sites to achieve practical objectives. Everybody is entitled to an opinion. But please do include the available studies and tests to inform opinion.

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    This is the most bizarre thing I've seen in a long time.

    City of Seattle displays a "real-time" log of 911 action.
    But it's not served as a text file from a database, but rather
    a .jpeg image! I've never seen a JPEG used like this before ...

    http://www2.cityofseattle.net/fire/r...dentsSmall.htm


    Talk about accessibility issues...


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    Another member (jameskeeler) here has designed a sheriff's department website, here.

    This one isn't bad, and actually is one of the few that I have looked at that didn't use tables.
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    Let your eyes bleed, mlseim. :-D

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    WOW!
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    Yikes!

    And back to topic on hand... -chris- got her first, but I was going to suggest checking out jameskeeler's site as well.
    Shani

    I have an eye for detail like you'd never believe.


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