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Open Police

An open source web publishing platform for police forces.

Used by the Belgian local & federal police forces.

Website of the <a href='http://www.lokalepolitie.be/5388'>Belgian local police force of Louvain</a>.
Website of the Belgian local police force of Louvain.

Open source web publishing platform

Open Police is a fully open source platform for building and running a modern police force website. Build on top of our in-house developed Timble Platform using modern and lean architecture using well-established coding standards.

Future proof

For governments it is important to choose a solution that lasts while technology evolves. That’s what Open Police is all about.

All it takes is our small team of engineers who maintain the software like a constant gardener, quietly doing the right things over time.

Why open matters

A common misconception of open source is that it is just a license for using software. For individuals and organizations involved with open source projects, it is a philosophy of openness and collaboration.

We strongly believe that an open development model is the only way to foster badly-needed government standards, remove the fear of proprietary lock-in for government agencies, and create a large ecosystem that spans the government as a whole.

It is a great example of how governments can innovate using open source and open standards.

See on GitHub.com →

Used by

It currently powers the websites of more than 65 local police forces and federal police in Belgium.

A few live websites (in dutch):

Demo

Curious? Try the demo of the Open Police platform.

Frontend

internet.openpolice.be

Backend

internet.openpolice.be/administrator

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Password: police

Features

User-centred content

Appointments Planned

Ability to book an appointment with a person or departement.

District Officers

Users can easily find their District Officer.

Events calendar Planned

List all upcoming events (info sessions, etc).

Forms Planned

Digital forms have features which paper forms do not have, another step closer to a paperless Government.

Frequently asked questions

Catalogue the most frequently asked questions.

News

Communicate interesting news with your users.

Press

Easily distribute press articles from within a dedicated area on your site.

Roadside safety checks

Announce roadside safety checks and communicate the results.

Design & Accessibility

Accessibility

Conforms to WCAG 2.0 level AAA. Leverages WAI-ARIA & HTML5 to further enhance accessibility.

Mobile-First design

Addressing the constraints of mobile, then progressively enhances the experience to take advantage of available screen space.

Progressive enhancement

Leveraging web technologies in a layered fashion to allow everyone to access the content.

Backend

Administrator interface

The administrator area features a simple user interface focused on managing the different sections of the website.

Analytics

The administrator area has an integrated Analytics dashboard.

Broken Links Checker Planned

Don’t let broken links damage your site’s usability. We’ll notify you when we’ve found broken links.

Content editor

A simple editor allows webmasters to easily manage content.

Content templates

Attach images and documents to content for an optimal result across devices.

Dashboard

The dashboard provides an overview of all recent activities and allows for quick access to your content.

Download Manager

Easily manage files and folders in your downloads section.

Rich content editor Planned

Intuitive editor for web content which does not presuppose anything about how it will be rendered.

Support system

A ticket system is integrated seamlessly, dedicated support is just one click away.

Versioning Planned

Sometimes, you just want to ‘undo’ edits and return to an earlier version of a document.

Linked Data, Open Data & Open Source

Central Reference Address Database

Integrates the Central Reference Address Database (CRAB) as a source for street names.

Information Platform Public Domain Planned

Integrates the Information Platform for the Public Domain (IPPD) as a source for public domain information.

Linked Data

Leverages Schema.org vocabulary wherever possible (articles, contact information, office hours, etc) so data can be interlinked and becomes more useful through semantic queries.

Open Graph

The Open Graph protocol enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph.

Open Source stack

Purely built on an Open Source software stack.

RESTful API Planned

The platform is designed around the HTTP protocol. All data is available through a level 3 JSON REST API and fully documentated.

RSS

All frequently updated information (news, traffic, press releases, etc) are available in RSS format.

Twitter Cards

With Twitter Cards you can attach rich photos, videos and media experience to Tweets that drive traffic to your website.

Infrastructure

Environments

Our workflow includes three environments: Development (bugs & features), Staging (quality assurance and testing) and Production.

HTTPS

Leverages HTTPS, a protocol for secure communication over a computer network.

PHP 7

PHP 7 is the ultimate choice for web developers today. Up to 2x faster performance and 50% better memory consumption than PHP 5.6.

PageSpeed Module

Integrates the PageSpeed modules, open-source server modules that optimize your site automatically (gzip compression, etc).

Performance

Fully optimised for performance, loads on average in 0.7 seconds.

Varnish Cache Planned

Varnish Cache is a web application accelerator also known as a caching HTTP reverse proxy.