Success in the Media

Government Video Website of the Week: DC Public Safety

The (Washington, D.C.) Court Services and Offender Supervision agency (what’s normally called Probation and Parole in most jurisdictions) is using media to not just get the word out about what it does, but also to get the job done.

The agency has been making TV and radio for four years. But in the last few years, it’s used the Internet to get its programming around the nation and the world. Now, it claims to be the most-visited criminal justice social media site around, with more than 140,000 requests each month for information, transcripts or audio and video downloads.

Officials especially took notice recently when publicity generated for the District’s “Safe Surrender” program, when 530 fugitives turned themselves in.

For its use of technology in getting its own word out and for keeping the streets of the capitol safer, the agency’s DC Public Safety Radio and TV page,, is the Government Video Website of the Week.
Read more about the agency’s social media efforts in the August 2009 issue of Government Video.

And check out last week’s Site of the Week, where the Library of Congress lays out the record on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

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Note: “DC Public Safety” won the “Viewers Choice” award for the news and public affairs category from DCTV.


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