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.
- 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).
- Ask your professor to create a special project to help get this done.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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)
Population Served as of (date):
Size of Force:
Location(s): (ie. Precinct, substation, etc)
For each location include:
- Phone Numbers
- Additional information
History of (Name of Agency): (be as detailed/extensive as you like)
Important Events Involving (agency)
Mission Accomplished (information related to the success of the department in combatting crime)
Fallen Officers Memorial (any information you care to include related to officers killed in the line of duty)
Information For Students Considering Employment with (agency)
Any Other (agency) Information Considered Important to Public Relations