Social Media Disclaimer

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The Bloomington Police Department (“Department”) uses social media to learn about communities needs and concerns, contribute to relevant conversations, and promote department programs and services. Despite efforts to keep the Department-provided information timely and accurate, users should be aware that the information available through this social media tool may not be timely, accurate, or complete. No communication to the Department through this social media shall be deemed to constitute legal or official notice for any purpose. In addition, no request made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) may be submitted to the City of Bloomington (“City”) through social media. FOIA requests may only be submitted to the City in accordance with its FOIA Policy.

The Department disclaims any responsibility or liability for positions taken by individuals or entities in their individual cases for any misstatement, misunderstanding and losses, directly or indirectly, on the part of the users.

The Department’s use of external social media tools is provided as a public service. The Department disclaims liability for ads, videos, promoted content or comments accessible from any external web page. The responsibility of external content or comments rests with the organizations or individuals providing them. Any inclusion of external content or comments on external social media web sites does not imply endorsement by the Department.

We reserve the right to remove comments/materials from the Department’s social media tools when those comments/materials, in the Department’s sole discretion, are:

  • Potentially libelous, obscene or sexually explicit comments; 
  • Personal attacks, insults, profane, or threatening language; 
  • Plagiarized material that potentially violates intellectual property rights; 
  • Private, personal information published without consent; 
  • Commercial promotions or spam; 
  • Off topic or that link to material that is off topic; 
  • Embedded images from external sources; 
  • Violate any law or promote the violation of any law; 
  • Encourage or constitute prohibited discriminatory or harassing conduct; and/or
  • Made by a person masquerading as someone else. 

Additionally, the Department reserves the right to terminate a person's ability to post comments/materials or otherwise participate in the Department's social media sites when the person has repeatedly posted any of the above listed inappropriate comments/materials.

Given that posts and comments appear in real-time, it is impossible for the Department to review a post or comment before it becomes publicly readable. The Department cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any post or comment. As a user of the Department’s social media sites, you are responsible for the content of your posts and/or comments and shall indemnify the Department and City in respect to any costs, expenses, losses, damages, or claims arising out of your use of the Department’s social media sites, including posts or comments made by you. You further consent to your post being removed for any of the reasons set forth in this disclaimer or for administrative reasons, including deletion of old posts or comments.

Any person or persons identified on this site as an arrestee or defendant in a criminal case is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.