The Salisbury Police Department's Social Media Policy
***** DO NOT REPORT CRIMINAL ACTS VIA FACEBOOK OR TWITTER *****
The Salisbury Police Department's Facebook and Twitter accounts have been set up to inform the public of news, events, online services, and major incidents related to the Salisbury Police Department, the City of Salisbury, and the safety of the public in general.
If you follow the Salisbury Police Department, you can expect Posts and Tweets in reference to some or all of the following:
- Operational updates about the policing of certain events.
- News about how the Salisbury Police Department is policing Salisbury.
- News related to major criminal investigations.
- Appeals for information or assistance from the public.
- Crime prevention advice.
- Community information in reference to special events.
- Information about online services from the Salisbury Police Department website and other police related sources.
- Information related to traffic incidents.
- Education of the public in reference to the nature of policing.
If you like/follow the Salisbury Police Department on Facebook or Twitter, we will not automatically like/follow you back (This is to discourage the use of direct messaging). Being liked/followed by the Salisbury Police Department does not imply endorsement of any kind.
Posts/@Replies and Contacting the Salisbury Police Department
The Salisbury Police Department does not continuously monitor Facebook or Twitter. If you wish to contact the Salisbury Police Department, please visit police headquarters at 699 West Salisbury Parkway or use one of the methods detailed in the "Contact Us" section of our website.
The Salisbury Police Department welcomes feedback and ideas from all of our followers and although we are not able to reply individually to the messages and comments we receive via Facebook or Twitter, we will attempt to read all "Posts/@replies". Although we cannot guarantee that we will be able to read everything marked to our attention, we will try to ensure that any "Emerging Trends" or "Helpful Information" is passed along to the appropriate personnel for evaluation.
Do not use Facebook or Twitter to report a criminal act
Facebook and Twitter are not appropriate crime reporting mechanisms. If you are the "Victim Of" or a "Witness To" a criminal act, please use the traditional avenues to contact the Salisbury Police Department. This will allow the Salisbury Police Department to investigate all reports efficiently and confidentially.
>> Please be aware that malicious communications using Facebook or Twitter may constitute a Criminal Offense and will be investigated appropriately.
The Salisbury Police Department will update and monitor its Facebook and Twitter accounts whenever feasible. Facebook or Twitter may occasionally be unavailable and therefore the Salisbury Police Department accepts no responsibility for any downtime of the Facebook or Twitter accounts.