I was responsible for content across the site, from the dozens of redeveloped advice pages to the many new tools and processes (see below). The first complete iteration of the website went live in March 2017.
GENERAL CONTENT PAGES
Templates agreed, we liaised with subject matter experts across the Met, from events licensing to child protection teams, to find the best and most sensitive ways of representing their particular field and expert advice.
It was then up to me to write all the new content.
THE MET ON THE BEEB
For the public, it’s a simpler and faster way to notify the police. For the Met, the new service lowers operating costs by reducing admin time and increasing the quality of information being gathered up front.
The online triage tool we developed allowed us to break down often very complicated subjects and processes into simple questions and answers. This format helps users navigate quickly to the information, or the all-new online forms, they need.
Through user testing and analytics we found people were also using the triage tool to self-educate, helping to reduce calls to 101.
Though still far from perfect, the huge range of new online forms is already improving processing time, reducing errors (on both sides) and providing users with a more transparent service.
In particular, the ‘Report a crime’ triage and form together represent one of the most sophisticated online crime reporting tools in the world.
I worked with Ben to deliver the new website for the Metropolitan Police and I would confidently say that it wouldn't exist without him.
He was involved in just about everything: From making content easy to find by helping to develop the information architecture and taxonomy of the whole site, simplifying subjects like fraud and data protection, writing advice for many sensitive topics such as child abuse and hate crime, to responding to participants during the testing of a live chat feature. Oh and he was also integral to designing and delivering the new online crime reporting tool. Ben is a goddamn powerhouse.
Not only did he tackle a huge variety of content areas and challenges, he also managed another copywriter, worked with a significant amount of stakeholders and maintained the right balance of flexibility and consistency in the tone of voice throughout.
Ben is a great listener, compassionate and dedicated. He is an excellent collaborator in both writing as well as broader design, research and planning activities. He is calm and steady under pressure (and trust me delivering a new website for the most famous police force in the world definitely has its pressures). I have learnt a huge amount from him and would jump at the chance to do so again.
Your area, for example, is a section of the website where users can find up-to-date, interactive crime stats on their ‘ward’ (the area covered by their local police team), including the top three crimes and tailored advice on how to stay safe.
It’s early days, but prospective Met employees and volunteers should soon be able to learn all about the roles available and apply for a role directly through the website.