In the preparation of this external social media and website, every effort has been made to offer the most current, correct and clearly expressed information possible. Nonetheless, inadvertent errors can occur, and applicable laws, rules, and regulations often change. Further, the content herein is intended to provide general guidelines and information on matters of interest. The application and impact of the laws can vary widely, however, from case to case, based upon the specific or unique facts involved. Accordingly, the information in this website is not intended to serve as legal advice.
Users are encouraged to consult with appropriate and accredited professional advisors for advice concerning specific matters before making any decision, and the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s office disclaims any responsibility for positions taken by individuals or corporations in their individual cases or for any misunderstanding and losses, directly or indirectly, on the part of users.
Information presented on this external social media and website is collected, maintained, and provided for the convenience of the reader. While every effort is made to keep such information accurate and up-to-date, the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office does not certify the authenticity of information that originates from third parties.
Under no circumstances shall the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information contained herein from whatever source nor shall the City be liable for any other consequences from any such reliance.
All graphics, images and photos on this website are the property of the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office and reproduction without written permission is specifically prohibited.
The Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office maintains a social media program for the purpose of engaging and interacting with our community, providing relevant and timely community news, information and events, distribution of crime prevention and public safety tips, for urgent notifications of critical incidents which may affect residents, business owners and visitors that have business with the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office.
Limited Public Forum
For purposes of this policy, a social media platform is the website or app offered to the public to provide audio, video, still-photo or written communication between other members of the public and/or representatives of certain groups, businesses, organizations or departments. Examples of social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, website blogs with commenting capabilities, forums and emergency notification services.
The definition of content as used in this policy refers to any written copy, photos, graphics, videos, live-video streams, comments or any form of communicative content exchanged between parties.
Emergency or Non-Emergency Requests for Law Enforcement Assistance
The posting of requests for law enforcement assistance, regardless if it is of an emergency or non-emergency nature, is discouraged and will not guarantee a response by the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office or any emergency service provider. In case of an emergency, or if law enforcement assistance is needed, please dial 911.
In the event you post information related to a crime, you may be placing yourself in a position of becoming a witness and subject to being subpoenaed into court.
“Friending” or “Liking” the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office, or a deputy or employee of the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office, does not indicate an endorsement of that person’s actions or comments.
A comment posted by a member of the public on any Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office external social media site or website is the opinion of the commentator or poster only, and publication of a comment does not imply endorsement of, or agreement by, the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office, nor do such comments necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office.
Moderation of Content
The Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office external social media and website platforms are intended to be "family friendly," When applicable, the department uses platform provided content moderation/filtering options to limit foul or obscene content. The Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office does actively monitor the social media platforms used by the department, and will remove inappropriate content as defined below, without prior notice, and as soon as possible. The department shall reserve the right to remove and/or block anyone who posts inappropriate material as determined by the department.
This material may include, but is not limited to:
- Comments not related to the original topic, including random or unintelligible comments;
- Profane, obscene, or pornographic content and/or language;
- Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, or national origin;
- Defamatory or personal attacks;
- Threats to any person or organization;
- Comments in support of, or in opposition to, any political campaigns or ballot measures;
- Solicitation of commerce, including but not limited to advertising of any business or product for sale;
- Conduct in violation of any federal, state or local law;
- Encouragement of illegal activity;
- Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems;
- Content that violates a legal ownership interest, such as a copyright, of any party;
- Harassment or content which constitutes and/or facilitates stalking;
- Content which violates the right to privacy;
- Encouragement of violence;
- Repetitive content;
- Comments which may reasonably interfere with, inhibit, or compromise law enforcement investigations, police tactics, police responses to incidents and/or the safety of police staff and officers.
- Posts or comments that contain any external links.
The department does not allow posting of photos or videos by anyone other than members of the department.
Denial of Access
Facebook's Community of Standards
All comments posted to the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office Facebook site are bound by Facebook’s Community Standards, located at http://www.facebook.com/communitystandards, and the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to report any violation of Facebook’s Community Standards to Facebook with the intent of Facebook taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.