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HTPD Unveils New Website

Latest community organization to update communiciation

In an effort to make communication with residents easier the Howell Township Police Department has developed a new website with more interactive features. 

The website, Chief Ronald Carter, said took several months to develop and he believes the residents will see the benefits of the work put in. The site was developed with help from Capt. Andy Kudrick, Telecomunications Officer Evan Keats and Communications and Network Supervisor Steven Gerrity.

Chief Carter said he was proud of what the page has become thanks to the work of his officers. "The new website is proof that the Howell Police are passionate about doing all we can to provide the highest quality of service to the citizens we serve and protect," he said. "We pride ourselves on being extremely responsive to the needs of the community."

Capt. Kudrick said the new site includes a "vibrant display of color and graphics," including a picture of one of the department's patrol cars.  Scrolling through the site visitors can learn more about the department's history, contact information and forms and records among other sections. 

Kudrick said residents can also access searchable topics and OPRA forms as well as documents for firearms and fingerprints. Press releases will also be available as will a section for submitting anonymous tips. 

In a press release from the department Kudrick said another feature of the new site is the ability for residents to file a police report. "Budgetary constraints have resulted in a 20 percent reduction of Howell police officers," the release said. "As such, Chief Carter had to make the unfortunate decision to cut certain police services."

The cuts have included dealing with cases like petty thefts, minor vandalism, lost property and civil, non emergency matters, according to the release. The new site allows residents to "self report," those incidents. "The reports are reviewed, approved and filed by an officer at headquarters," the release said. "This self reporting allows the partorl officer to concentrate on high priority calls and self-initiated activities as well as traffic enforcement and crime prevention."

Capt. Kudrick gave credit to Keats whose work on the site enabled the department to do the update for less than $500. "This website would have cost us in excess of $5000 if we had hired a vendor," he said. "He designed the webpage, adjusted his schedule and fronted the money for the program. There's no doubt the overall success of this website is a direct result of efforts put forth by Telecommunicator Keats."

Calling the newly designed site, "a benchmark within the law enforcement community," Kudrick said the residents of the township are encouraged to provide feedback on the newly designed page. "The public is invited to explore and evaluate the site," he said. "We encourage feedback as continued improvement is critical to overall excellence."

Over the past year the Howell Police Department and the township have each unveiled new websites and also Facebook pages.

Howell Police Web Administrator January 24, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Thank you all for your continued insight. We encourage our users to visit the new HTPD website as we continue to make changes and make it more "user-friendly". Of course, like with most progressions and upgrades, comes some technical glitches that need to be "ironed-out." We have recognized the Ipad and mobile issue and have already made positive steps to rectifying this. Please be patient with us as we make the mobile and Ipad versions for the new Howell Police site accessible. We apologize, in advance, for any difficulties you may have viewing the new site on either your smart phone or on your Ipad/Ipod but we are consistently making changes to upgrade the user experience and expect to have a mobile/Ipad/Ipod version available to view soon. Again, we thank you all for your support, insight and suggestions.
Ken January 24, 2013 at 02:17 PM
HPWA: As long as the new site is under construction, perhaps you can look at the OPRA form on the HTPD web site. The township web site has an OPRA request form with fill in capability and email capability directly to the "Custodian of Records". [http://www.twp.howell.nj.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/32 ] It looks like on the HTPD site, one would have to print out the form, fill it in and either scan and email or Fax it..
Ken January 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
HPWA: I am using Windows X/P with screen resolution of 1282 x 768. When I click on "Department History" I see a page pop up but I am unable to "elevator down" to the bottom of the page. Here is what is on the last line that I can see: The department currently has a compliment of 82 Police Officers consisting of: 55 Patrol Officers, 9 detectives, 11 Sergeants, 3 Lieutenants, 3 Captains, 1 Chief, 10 It looks like there is more, after " 1 Chief, 10", but I can't view it. Maybe it's my settings but I don't know for sure The same thing happens on the "Coplogic" page, I can't seem to get to the bottom of the pop up page??
kilowatt January 24, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Hey, Based upon the following quote from the Patch Article, "Calling the newly designed site, "a benchmark within the law enforcement community," Kudrick said the residents of the township are encouraged to provide feedback on the newly designed page. "The public is invited to explore and evaluate the site," he said. "We encourage feedback as continued improvement is critical to overall excellence."" It might be well to include a direct Website Comment link on "http://www.howellpolice.org/#/home/".
Ken January 24, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Kilowatt: I agree with you 100%.. This certainly isn't the appropriate way to communicate with the HTPD Web Administrator. There is a "Contact Us" tab on the web site, but no actual way to email anyone within the police department

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