Here's a heartwarming story of an unloved orphan finding a new foster home. The orphan is the national police website. For the past three years, it has been walking a lonely beat at www.police.uk, providing a single point of contact to 53 UK police forces - 45 local forces and eight non-geographical agencies such as the British Transport Police.

E-government enthusiasts get excited about the police portal because it is one of only a very few in the world allowing citizens to report crimes online from anywhere in the country.
But everyone apart from the wonks ignores it.

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