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Department of Home Affairs launches official website 7 December 2006

The Department of Home Affairs is launching a dedicated website today.

Located at www.gov.im/dha the website includes information and background about all its divisions – police, fire and rescue, probation, prison, communications and civil defence/emergency planning. It also details the responsibilities of the Chief Executive’s Office and includes a Parliamentary Business section.

Chief Executive Will Greenhow said:

‘Increasingly individuals and businesses on the Island look to the internet for information about government services and I am delighted that the Department of Home Affairs will now be able to keep the public up to date across the full range of services that we deliver on a daily basis.
‘We look forward to the website developing over the coming months and we hope it will be the start of an exciting new era for the Department of Home Affairs.’

Home Affairs Minister John Shimmin commented:

‘The launch of the website this week fulfils a long held aspiration of the Department to give people greater access to the workings of Home Affairs and all its divisions. I look forward to constructive comments on how it can be improved in the future but for now I’m delighted that this improved resource is available to the public.’

The website welcomes visitors with a brief outline of all the sections, numbers of staff and total budget. The Who We Are pages reveal the background and experience of the heads of division and senior managers while other sections include an explanation of the TETRA radio communications system and efficiency reports of the Emergency Services Joint Control Room.

The largest section goes to Isle of Man Constabulary which includes information pages for each Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Crime and Intelligence Division and Roads Policing Unit plus an extensive history of the force. The Department acknowledges its gratitude to the Isle of Man Constabulary book by George Turnbull (excerpts reproduced by kind permission of the publisher) and to Manx National Heritage for use of information and images in the prison history and police history pages.

Chief Constable Mike Culverhouse said:

‘We have worked hard on our external communication strategy with the local community over recent years and this latest development will add considerable value to our aims. I do hope that web users will find our pages of interest and that they will be popular.
‘I would also like to thank Manx National Heritage for the use of their archive photographs of the Isle of Man Constabulary which make the site well worthy of a read.’

In addition, the website has a gallery of images showing the development of the new £41.7million prison at Jurby, a history of the Fire and Rescue Service and details of the different probation orders.

Please visit www.gov.im/dha for more information.

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