By Hayley Hudson
CHATSWORTH, Calif. — The creators of a military heritage website have launched a secure site that aims to connect police officers and facilitate discussion.
Any sworn police or federal officer, county sheriff, or state trooper is eligible for membership at Police.TogetherWeServed.com (PTWS), according to a press release. PTWS is the sixth in the family of TogetherWeServed.com (TWS) websites for the uniformed services.
"When we first launched TWS in 2003, we had no idea how strongly it would be embraced by the military community," said Brian Foster, founder and president of TWS. "As many members went on to serve in law enforcement after their military service, we wanted to honor and connect officers in the same secure way through PTWS."
Users are invited to document their careers in law enforcement, and through a detailed page called "Shadow Box," create a collage of images — people, events badges and patches — to represent their service.
"It's meant to be an historical record," Foster told PoliceOne in an interview.
Members who post their agencies or departments have access to a list of individuals they may know, and they can communicate with former colleagues with instant messaging and discussion boards.
More than 43,000 departments and 20,000 police patches are currently represented on the site. Members can join groups that are devoted to a range of topics and interests, and the resulting discussion should contribute to a better job on the beat.
"Knowledge-sharing enhances officer safety as far as I'm concerned," Foster said.
To join, request and invitation at Police.TogetherWeServed.com.