Social Media Policies

Village of Deerfield Social Media Policy

October 20, 2017



The purpose of the Village of Deerfield’s social media site(s) is to provide information about the Village of Deerfield’s services, events, and programs, as well as to present matters of public interest to residents, businesses, and visitors. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns; however, the Village of Deerfield’s social media site(s) is not a public forum, and all posts are subject to the editorial and proprietary control of the Village of Deerfield, as well as Facebook’s terms of use agreement.  Furthermore, please note that the comments expressed on this site(s) may not express the opinions and position of the Village of Deerfield despite being subject to its editorial and proprietary control, comments expressed on this site(s) may be a public record subject to public records laws, and elected officials may not be able to provide comments related to public business due to certain laws. Please contact with any questions or issues.


The Village of Deerfield reserves the right to remove content deemed to be in violation of this policy or any applicable law. The following content is prohibited and subject to removal:

1. Defamatory, threatening or profane language.

2. Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.

3. Sexual content or links to sexual content.

4. Solicitations of commerce.

5. Personally identifiable information, such as an address, phone number, social security number or other sensitive information.

6. Information which may interfere with or compromise current investigations, police tactics and the safety or security of public safety staff and/or the public or public systems.

7. Promotion or advertisement in favor of, or in opposition to a political campaign, ballot measure or candidate.

8. Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity.

9. Distribution of copyrighted photographs, music, video, graphics or other content without the express permission of the copyright holder.

10. Comments unrelated to the business of the Village of Deerfield or the discussion of material posted by the Village.

Deerfield Police Department Social Media Policy

August 20, 2013


The purpose of this policy is to endorse the use of social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest and 4Square to enhance communication, collaboration, and information exchange; streamline processes and foster productivity. This policy establishes this department’s position on the utility and management of social media and provides guidance on its management, administration and oversight. This policy is not meant to address one particular form of social media; rather social media in general, as advances in technology will occur and new tools will emerge. 


Social media provides a potentially valuable means of assisting the department and its personnel in meeting community outreach, problem-solving, investigative and crime prevention, and related objectives. This policy identifies potential uses that may be explored or expanded upon as deemed reasonable by administrative and supervisory personnel. The department also recognizes the role that these tools play in the personal lives of department personnel. The personal use of social media can have bearing on department personnel in their official capacity. As such, this policy provides information of a precautionary nature as well as prohibitions on the use of social media by department personnel.


For purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
Blog – A self-published diary or commentary on a particular topic that may allow visitors to post responses, reactions or comments.
Page – The specific portion of a social media website where content is displayed and managed by an individual or individuals with administrator rights.
Post – Content an individual shares on a social media site or the act of publishing content on a site.
Profile – Information that a user provides about himself or herself on a social networking site.
Social Media – A category of Internet-based resources that integrate user-generated content and user participation. This includes, but is not limited to, social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace), micro blogging sites (Twitter), photo and video sharing sites (Flickr, YouTube), wikis (Wikipedia), blogs and news sites (Digg, Reddit).
Social Networks – Online platforms where users can create profiles, share information, and socialize with others using a range of technologies.
Speech – Expression or communication of thoughts or opinions in spoken words, in writing, by expressive conduct, symbolism, photographs, videotape, or related forms of communication.
Wiki – Web page(s) that can be edited collaboratively.
DeerfieldILPD – The official Deerfield Police Department username for Twitter.
Deerfield Police Department – The official Deerfield Police Department Facebook account name.


A. Official Use
a. The Department shall maintain a presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media as it emerges and becomes necessary.
i. Where possible, each social media page shall include an introductory statement that clearly specifies the purpose and scope of the agency’s presence on the website.
ii. Where possible, the page(s) should link to the department’s official website.
B. Procedures
a. All department social media sites or pages shall be approved by the chief executive or his or her designee and shall be administered by designated personnel as directed by the Chief of Police or as otherwise determined.
b. Where possible, social media pages shall clearly indicate they are maintained by the department and shall have department contact information prominently displayed.
c. Social media content shall adhere to applicable laws, regulations, and policies, including all information technology and records management policies.
i. Content is subject to public records laws. Relevant records retention schedules apply to social media content to the full extent possible.
d. All social media pages shall state that the opinions expressed by visitors to the page(s) do not reflect the opinions of the department. This can be via the Terms of Service (Addendum A) or within the page itself.
i. Pages shall clearly indicate that posted comments will be monitored and that the department reserves the right to remove obscenities, off-topic comments and personal attacks.
ii. Pages shall clearly indicate that any content posted or submitted for posting is subject to public disclosure.
C. Department Sanctioned Use
a. Department personnel representing the department via social media outlets shall do the following:
i. Conduct themselves at all times as representatives of the department and, accordingly, shall adhere to all department standards of conduct and observe conventionally accepted protocols and proper decorum.
ii. Identify themselves as a member of the department; anonymous posting is not allowed.
iii. Not make statements about the guilt or innocence of any suspect or arrestee, or comments concerning pending prosecutions, nor post, transmit, or otherwise disseminate confidential information, including photographs or videos related to department training, activities, or work-related assignments without express written permission.
iv. Not conduct political activities or private business.
1. The use of department computers by department personnel to access social media is prohibited without authorization.                      2. Department personnel use of personally owned devices to manage the department’s social media activities or in the course of official duties is prohibited without express written permission.
3. Employees shall observe and abide by all copyright, trademark, and service mark restrictions in posting materials to electronic media.
D. Authorizations
a. Personnel may post pertinent and time sensitive items, but are encouraged to have a supervisor review such posting if time and need exists.
E. Potential Uses
a. Social media is a valuable investigative tool when seeking evidence or information about:
i. Missing persons;
ii. Wanted persons;
iii. Gang participation;
iv. Crimes perpetrated online (i.e. cyber bullying, cyber stalking); and
v. Photos or videos of a crime posted by a participant or observer.
b. Social media can be used for community outreach and engagement by:
i. Providing crime prevention tips;
ii. Offering online reporting opportunities;
iii. Sharing crime maps and data; and
iv. Soliciting tips about unsolved crimes (i.e. Crime Stoppers, text-a-tip).
c. Social media can be used to make time sensitive notifications related to:
i. Road closures;
ii. Special events;
iii. Weather emergencies;
iv. Missing or endangered; and
v. Employment opportunities.