Bienvenido. Tere tulemast. Karibu Idara. Witamy.
Those are just a few of the 50-plus ways the Pima County Sheriff’s Department now welcomes us onto its website.
Those of you who like playing around on websites – or have to report a crime or get other info from the sheriff’s department – should definitely give this site a whirl.
The sheriff’s department recently revamped the site to include translations into an impressive array of different languages.
I’m partial to the French, although I also find the Swahili fun.
Of course, the most useful translation around the county will be Spanish, with a prominent button on the top right of the homepage that lets us switch easily from Welcome to Bienvenido. Select other languages through a drop-down menu on the lower right of the homepage.
Yes, I still think English should be made our country’s official language and encourage all who live here to learn to use it.
But I can also see how these translations will be incredibly helpful to the department and the general public.
Now the sheriff’s office doesn’t have to scramble to find deputies and other employees who know Greek, Icelandic, Polish, Norwegian and both traditional and simplified Chinese.
Website visitors can benefit by practicing their own foreign language skills as well as taking advantage of some of the site’s useful features:
Planning a picnic out in the county? Wondering how many folks were killed on East Camino Lomas? Crime mapping lets us enter a location that is outside city limits but inside the county lines to see how much crime went down in the area during a given time frame. We can also check out where registered sex offenders are living.
Online crime reporting
This feature is a real blessing to both the general public and the department. Now we don’t have to go stand in line or wait around to fill out paperwork to report a crime. We can do it from the comfort of our own home while clad in our pajamas and fuzzy slippers.
Nixle lets us sign up to receive text messages or e-mails directly from the department, including Amber Alerts, road closure, missing persons info and all types of other interesting and useful stuff.
Perhaps the best thing about Nixle is that its name translates into “Nixle,” keeping confusion at a minimum.
Other fun features:
No, I don’t use this feature to troll for future dates. Rather, it is quite handy for research to make sure someone is still in jail and to check how much bond he or she needs to get out.
Gotta love the energetic, compelling video in this section. It’s better than some crime shows I’ve seen. It would also make even the laziest of couch potatoes want to get up and fight county crime.
What do you think?
Do you regularly visit the police or sheriff websites? Why?
Did you know the sheriff’s site had such fun and useful features?
What features do you like or find useful?
What other features could the sites use?
What’s your favorite local website?