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San Jose Police Department Revamps Its Web Site

July 1, 2008

The San Jose Police Department has updated its Web site — www.sjpd.org — to be more useful and easier to use.

You now can, for instance, find out about a serious traffic accident in your neighborhood, see if the intersection where it happened is one of the city’s most dangerous and then request more police to patrol the area — all in Spanish or Finnish.

The improvements, which include a Google translation link, were recently rolled out for an outdated Web site that some had labeled one of the worst found among major municipal governments.

“My goal is to make the information more organized and more relevant,” said David Bartholomew, who was hired as the department’s Webmaster last year. He expects to roll out more changes in coming months.

Other changes on the revamped site:

–Press releases and other announcements, which often took a week to get posted in the past, can now be posted immediately. A running headline at the top of the main page can announce major news.

–Specific neighborhoods can look up local crimes, see where the community policing centers are in the area and find the names of local commanders.

Older features, such as a link to the state’s sex offender search page, crime maps and a place to file crime reports, remain featured prominently on the site.

Bartholomew said he designed the new Web site to bring people to it every day, looking for something new.

The site, for example, shows current weather conditions.

Contact Sean Webby at swebby@mercurynews.com or at (408) 920-5003.

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