Help Wanted Building Police Department Pages

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English: Humble Criminal Justice Center and Humble Police Department (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As some readers may know, the goal of CriminalJusticeLaw.org is to build the largest resource for students of crime, criminal justice, social justice, and law on the Internet. It is an ambitious project, sure, but we believe that in a world which continues to globalize, students need global resources.

One of the resources we have already begun are pages for every police department in the United States. Our plan is to expand these listings to include police agencies worldwide, but the current project is already massive…and we cannot do it without your help.

A quick visit to our Police Agencies List pages will show you that there are tens of thousands of police departments in the U.S. alone. If we were to work on just these and ignore the rest of the site, building just one page a day would take more than 20 years to complete.

The world is moving fast. Students of Criminal Justice and Law need better access to resources today.

So, we are asking our readers for help with the Police Agencies pages. Here are some ways you can help.

English: New Albany Indiana police station
English: New Albany Indiana police station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. Donate a page about your local police department. If you are in college, you may even be able to get your professor to give you extra credit towards doing this or create it as an essay for a class. Once the paper has been graded, send it to us (not before, because if we publish before it is graded, it will alert your school’s plagiarism checker).
  2. Ask your professor to create a special project to help get this done.
  3. If you know a police officer, let them know about this project and ask if they can help or if they can let someone in a position of authority know about it.
  4. Call your local police department and let them know they can build their own promotional page on this site. This will be helpful to you and your community in two ways: The Chief is likely to remember you so should you ever seek a job, you have an in; and your local police department will get another outlet to recruit university-trained candidates, making your local force a better, more professional agency.
  5. If you know someone in upper levels of the government who may be able to direct agencies in the state to participate, a call to them could super-charge this project.

Guidelines for Creating Police Agency Pages

One of the things we are going for here at CriminalJusticeLaw.org is consistency. One of the best ways to help students locate information and use it for reports, research, and more is to be consistent. With this in mind, we have created a kind of ‘template’ which we would ask everyone contributing to this project to follow.

In creating content, agencies may either provide the content as is using a Word Doc and include images within the document. Or, the agency may create the Word Doc in html. Whatever works for you. We only ask that the following information be included at a minimum. Beyond this, include any other information you wish.

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Criminal Justice Law (dot) Org is looking for help building the Police Agencies pages on this site. Ideally, we would like personnel at the department to create the page and include information related to recruiting for the department, but any help is appreciated. The goal of CriminalJusticeLaw.org is to become the largest resource for students of justice on the web. We are adding content daily, but at our current rate, it would take nearly 20 years to add every police department JUST in the U.S. So, we are asking for your help and thank you in advance.

Template for Police Agency Pages

Name of Police Agency:

Type of Agency (city, county, state, tribal, special, etc):

Important Officers (Chief or whomever you wish the public to know)

Jurisdiction Served:

Population Served as of (date):

Size of Force:

Location(s): (ie. Precinct, substation, etc)

For each location include:

  • Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • Additional information

Website:

History of (Name of Agency): (be as detailed/extensive as you like)

(Content here)

Important Events Involving (agency)

(Content here)

Community Relations/Projects/Events/News

(Content here)

Mission Accomplished (information related to the success of the department in combatting crime)

(Content here)

Fallen Officers Memorial (any information you care to include related to officers killed in the line of duty)

(Content here)

Information For Students Considering Employment with (agency)

(Content here)

Any Other (agency) Information Considered Important to Public Relations

(Content here)


Criminal Justice Law Seeks article submissions.

Our mission is to help improve the criminal justice and law system. We believe that vigorous debate is the best way to improve the system. We further believe that opposing views stimulate discussion and lead to progress.

For this reason, we welcome all views.

We know that many of our readers are enrolled in Criminal Justice and Law programs, are recent graduates, or are entering a University program soon. If you have essays from college you would like to add to this site, we would love to include them. 

We Are Especially Seeking Pages from Police Agencies

One goal is to complete the Police Agencies Listings pages. There are nearly 20,000 police organizations in the United States. We are trying to develop a single resource for law enforcement students so would really appreciate it if police departments could complete the page for their organization. 

Once the page is complete, it can be uploaded in .doc format. Feel free to use either the standard word processor and include images and links in the document where you want them to appear. Alternately, create the doc in html and we will add it to the site unaltered.

Thank you for your help.

To add content, simply complete the following form. 

Thanks and we look forward to reading your views.

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