The Clay County Sheriff’s Office launched its first new web site in at least a decade today.
The new site, sheriffclayco.org, will provide users with an easy way to find the information they need quickly.
“Our web site is probably the most public-facing part of the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Will Akin said. “It needs to represent what we are: one of the leading and most-respected law enforcement agencies in the metropolitan area and in the entire state of Missouri.”
The goals of the new site include:
* Adaptive to all mobile devices
* Visually appealing
* Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
* Online employment application
There is no clear recollection of when the previous site was created or who built it. With its lackluster organization, navigation difficulties, outdated and unsearchable .pdf files and inability to adapt to mobile phones and other devices, it had reached the end of its life span.
The new site was created in cooperation with Xander e-Solutions, a web design firm in Riverside, Mo. A team of Sheriff’s Office employees selected Xander after a RFP process and worked with them to build the site.
The new sheriffclayco.org is different from the previous site’s address. The address was changed to match the rest of the Sheriff’s Office branding on social media, email addresses, and elsewhere. Anyone visiting the old site (claymosheriff.org) automatically will be redirected to the new one.
Some features of the new site include:
* Online forms for everything from traffic complaints to suspicious drug activity to thanking a CCSO member
* A public events calendar
* The ability to subscribe to Sheriff’s Office news releases (coming on line soon)
* An updated and user-friendly policy manual broken down by category
* Translatable to scores of languages.
Sheriff Akin said he hopes the new site increases the Sheriff’s Office’s transparency and provides the information users need.
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