Since there are over 100,000 web design companies in the UK, finding one that does we design for police forces could be difficult.
You cannot use just any agency, but one that has relevant experience.
Police force websites need to be clear, professional and able to communicate to all areas of British society.
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Of the 54 police forces that there are around the UK, all will need to have websites that are up to date, secure and user friendly.
All the sites are unique, and need to reflect the goals and issues of the British nation; and also the local community.
It also needs to appeal to people from all walks of life. There are several important factors that do need to be considered:
They are going to be used by all sections of society; young people, old people, criminals, abused children, women suffering domestic violence; therefore they need to be simple to navigate yet highly informative.
They need to be relevant to events occurring in the local community. This shows the public that the police are not some big blue monster that they see on TV, but are involved with local issues and addressing local needs across all age ranges.
They need to be hacker safe. Most store information that needs to be accessed via the police intranets and mobile police units; therefore they need to have hacker safe security systems that can safeguard data.
There are a number of web agencies in the UK that have a track record of working with different police forces.
It is best wherever possible to work with web designers that have worked with emergency services in the past.
This way they will have a better understanding of design angles and also way finding or site layout.
Linking the site into a targeted media campaign can be very effective and useful for crime prevention.
An important factor for any force, when it comes to design work, is to obtain value for money.
By comparing website design prices, forces need not worry about overspending unnecessarily.
Norfolk police did overspend by over £100,000 on re-designing their site in 2010; which was embarrassing and could easily have been avoided by comparing costs.
Getting value for money, since the money the police spend is public money, is something that is important; but not at the cost of quality, rather just as far as good book keeping goes.