#010/2010 – HMIC statement on www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/mypolice and www.mypolice.org

HMIC will stop using the ‘my police’ name.

We have been working with the mypolice.org founders since 8 March 2010 to address their concerns and to provide the best possible solution.

They asked that we stop marketing ‘mypolice.org.uk’ as a redirect page, since the public might confuse this with their service. We agreed, and now only refer to www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/mypolice. We also agreed not to renew our ownership of any of the ‘mypolice’ domains. This will give them the opportunity to buy and use them when they get their service up and running.

To ensure the public gets the benefits of both services with no chance of confusion, we will change the name of the ‘my police’ pages on our website. We are currently consulting on the best option, and will announce the results in the next week.

We have nothing to gain by overwhelming mypolice.org: and as an independent organisation ourselves, we would never wish to do so. Indeed, throughout our negotiations we have both been keen to stress that we can usefully work together in the future.

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