Earlier this year we started on a journey to significantly enhance our digital services to the public by focusing on building a new online form system. We called this system Formation.
Continue reading New Police Forms – Reducing demand whilst solving public problems rapidly
2016 means our website has hit its third birthday in January 2017.
During 2016 the development team were busy improving some police facing systems, including building our new intranet, but they also spent a good amount of time on the website improving the platform by refining existing functionality (known as refactoring), improving performance and adding new functionality. The content team also worked on a number of areas to improve the public experience.
Continue reading 2016 – Our year review
It has been a year now since we first launched the Avon and Somerset police website on 1st February 2015.
In this post I want to reflect on how far we have come.
It seems to have passed quickly but I am still very proud of what we have achieved.
Continue reading Avon and Somerset police website: A year in review
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security protocol. It establishes an encrypted link between a server and a client—typically a web server (website) and a browser; or a mail server and a mail client (e.g., Outlook).
Using SSL allows personal sensitive information to be transmitted securely.
Continue reading Site wide SSL
Continuous Delivery helps a large organization like a Police Force become as lean, agile and innovative as a start-up.
Continuous Delivery is a methodology supporting software development that is adaptable, and guided by user feedback, changes to business strategy or technological advances.
Continue reading Continuous integration
So we’re currently deep into the phase of development which centres on officers publishing local content themselves.
Historically we have managed publishing content on the website centrally. A request for content would involve filling in a form on the staff intranet, for the publishing team to process.
This was slow and often put people off.
Continue reading Mobile phones and publishing rights for our officers
As Google say “Fast is better than slow” and they’re right.
We developed the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website using Scrum and in our ‘definition of done’ we had several points covering site performance.
Continue reading Improving website performance through speed optimisation