These guidelines are in place to help create a safe environment on all social media channels run by Staffordshire Police.
The aim of our social media channels is to create an environment where our communities can engage safely in debate and are free to make comments, questions and suggestions.
We ask that anyone commenting on our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.
In order to help create this safe environment we have set out some guidelines which apply to any engagement with us or other members of the community on any of our social media channels.
By visiting and engaging with our social media channels you agree to follow these guidelines.
Comments must not:
Contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence.
Promote discrimination of any kind including race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation and/or age (as further detailed in the Equality Act 2010).
Risk prejudicing active criminal proceedings. As standard we will limit comments on any social media posts which detail a charge.
Breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves.
Contain any advertising or promote any services.
Post repeatedly about issues that are off-topic i.e. spam.
Breach of guidelines
We reserve the right to determine, at our discretion, whether comments or posts on our social media channels breach our guidelines.
We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who continue to not follow these guidelines.
We reserve the right to make a copy of any comments we deem appropriate for investigation as we feel necessary or is required for criminal justice purposes. If you see something on social media that you think breaks one of the community guidelines, you can report it directly to the platform. They will review your report and decide appropriate action.
Our social media accounts are not monitored 24/7.
Please do not use social media to report crime or incidents. If a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life always dial 999. For non-emergencies please report online on our website, using our LiveChat feature or dial 101.
Alternatively, you can report completely anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Platform community guidelines
The community guidelines and rules for our social media platforms can be found here: