The Kent Police staff have been working for some time on updating their web presence to offer a little more insight into who they are, what they’re working on, and who to contact if you need help. It turns out that they’ve officially launched their Kent Police Web page today and I’m happy to promote it.
Here’s the link: http://www.kentpd.org/
In light of these not so friendly economic times, much to my chagrin the City hasn’t been able to find funds to hire an IT staff — not even a staff of one — so we all do our best to take advantage of the free-ware on the web and learn by trial and error how to plug in and represent on the internet.
As a result, we’ve got a couple of different web sites that relate to City business, and while admittedly that may not be the best way to have a web presence, it turns out to be the most practical and in this case, we figure good is better than best since best isn’t particularly possible right now.
Critics could point to the lack of branding on our sites and our less than leading edge navigation tools, but considering in just about every case employees taught themselves (often on their personal time) how to get the City to join the ranks of other cities on the web (who usually have funds and staff dedicated to web support), there’s a part of me that’s proud of our hodge-podge.
That doesn’t mean I don’t aspire to pull them all together under one roof and have a wow-site for Kent (which I actually have beta versions of in development), but I’m practical and patient, so until we find a golden goose wandering the streets of Kent, I’m pleased with what our employees have been able to do on their own by their own computer bootstraps.