Local Areas - Crown Prosecution Service

The aim of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Local Area Websites is to give local people an insight into the workings of the CPS in their area and give the CPS a local voice.

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Local Areas - Crown Prosecution Service

Communicating effectively and accessibly

The Crown Prosecution Service local area websites project presented many challenges that have made the project exciting and worthwhile. The aim of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Local Area Websites is to give local people an insight into the workings of the CPS in their area and give the CPS a local voice. It is a Governmental objective to ensure that local services are accountable to local people and these websites are part of the Crown Prosecution Services strategy to make this happen. Enabling the citizens to find out exactly what the Local Crown Prosecution Service are doing in their area to bring criminals to justice and to enable them to communicate directly with the people who are responsible for criminal prosecution in their area.

Ecru have created another excellent website for us very economically and effectively. They are a talented team. The Northamptonshire CPS website is part of our drive to ensure that local areas have a voice and is a major step forward in ensuring that local people understand the work the Crown Prosecution Service undertakes to achieve criminal justice.

CPS Spokesperson

The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for delivering Criminal Justice across the whole of England and Wales, overseeing every case. They work with the police and courts to ensure that the victims of crime receive the justice they deserve.

The fourteen local area websites (including CPS Direct) reinforce The Crown Prosecution Service commitment to accessibility. The new sites achieve W3C Priority AA accessibility standards. They also reinforce the Crown Prosecution Services commitment to the Freedom of Information Act by making vital reports about the performance of local Crown Prosecution Service areas available to a local audience.

Unique websites reflecting the needs of local people

One of the major achievements of the project was ensuring that each area had a unique website that reflected the needs and concerns of the local people while adhering to the national CPS brand and policies. Each area website was built as a standalone project under direction from the communication manager and senior managers of the area concerned. The area websites are powered by the Ecru unique content management system which enables local people to update their own website in an easy and accessible way. The system has been adapted so that people with visual difficulties are also able to manage their own websites.

By adhering to stringent standards set out by the W3C the local area websites also enables The CPS to comply with the implications of the 2010 Equality Act, the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Ecru have created a website that can be accessed by people with visual, cognitive, hearing and mobility difficulties with excellent design and a professional look and feel. One of the key advantages of this approach is that everyone benefits. Not only is the information easier to find and access for people with disabilities, it is easier to access for everyone.

Ecru are a web design consultancy who specialize in producing epic websites for major corporate and governmental organizations. Clients of the size and scope of The CPS have a right to expect the very highest standards of professionalism in the services that they receive. Ecru understand this need, and deliver websites that exactly meets the requirements of the organization and their audience.

Ecru have created another excellent website for us very economically and effectively. They are a talented team.

CPS Spokesperson

Main Achievments

14 unique websites that adhere to the corporate brand and standards.

Accessible content mangement system - the websites can be updated by local employees.

Adherance to Governmental website accessibility standards - WC3 AA -this means we have maximised the abiltiy of everyone to access information.

Information for local people about local issues and services

Search engine optemisation

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