Police departments need to make their manuals accessible to the public and easy to understand. The policies must be up-to-date and easy to find.
These are issues that any company or government publishing data has to grapple with. But police departments face an additional puzzle: deciding what information can be open to the community, and what needs to remain confidential for public safety.
These are all complex questions, and there’s often more than one right answer. The Policing Project has compiled ideas and best practices to help guide police departments when making these decisions. Click on any of the links below to learn more:
- Secrecy & Public Safety: Learn best practices for deciding what information is proper to share with the public.
- Making it Accessible: Learn how to make your manual available to the largest possible audience.
- Making it Understandable: Learn how to create a manual that is easy to navigate, read, and comprehend.
- Keeping it Update: Learn how to keep your manuals up to date with all of your latest policy changes.