NEW LOGO FOR BPDNews.com- The Boston Police Virtual CommunityBoston Police Seek Community Assistance for New Logo Design! The Boston Police Department is excited to launch a friendly community competition for the new BPDNews.com logo. The design of the new logo is to celebrate a new and improved public safety information blog. The Boston Police Department is in the process of improving our blog, BPDNews.com, and adding new features that will create a Virtual Community for city residents. The Boston Police Department has been in the forefront of adapting technology to enhance our community policing efforts. As a department we are constantly striving for new and creative ways to keep our community informed. We are expanding BPDNews.com into a virtual community which will provide city residents and guests with important information and new ways to stay connected and engaged in the City’s public safety efforts. The following new features are now a part of our virtual community located at BPDNews.com: • www.crimereports.com – This helpful crime-mapping tool allows community members to visit a user-friendly website and quickly access public safety information specific to the selected neighborhood. • Citizenobserver – This community e-alert system allows residents to sign up to receive texts and emails from their local district on important public safety information and alerts distributed by their district Community Service Officer. • Neighborsforneighhbors.org- This is a local neighborhood-based social networking site for people to connect and organize around common interests • Twitter – The BPD is one of the first police departments in the country to make use of the latest social media sensation, Twitter. Here community members can sign up to receive frequent tweets on important public safety information ranging from road closures to motor vehicle accidents and much more. • Text-A-Tip – The Boston Police is the first police department in the country to utilize text messaging to allow community members to send information anonymously to our CrimeStoppers Unit. • Call The Cops - This is the department’s weekly cable show where we strive to use that time to offer community members safety tips and a recap of weekly events. We also try to use this opportunity to personalize a specific unit within the department for people at home. In other words, we might do a “Meet the Harbor Patrol” segment or something on a K-9 officer – what it takes and how you become one, etc. Boston Police are seeking a creative design which visually captures the essence of the new Virtual Community. We hope to inspire submissions from local schools, art academies, and design professionals. Contest Rules: • The contest is open to all professionals and aspiring image designers • Prefer digital format • Must be able to maintain its integrity when reproduced in simple black & white • Design must represent BPDNews.com and the vision of being a Virtual Community Deadline: At time of the design submission all rights to each submitted design will belong solely to the Boston Police Department. The Boston Police Department grants permission for submitted designs to be included in portfolios with acknowledgement that all rights have been granted to the Boston Police Department, and that design must not be used without express written permission from the department. Deadline for design submissions is November 15, 2009. Please send your submissions to MediaRelations.bpd@cityofboston.gov. Additional questions should be directed to Media Relations: 617-343-4520. Prize: The winning design will be featured on our blog as well as all marketing materials. This is an excellent portfolio builder for aspiring designers. The winning designer will also receive testimonials and promotion (news release and photo opportunity).