Our Social Media Guidelines

These guidelines are in place to help create a safe environment on all social media channels run by Thames Valley Police.

The aim of our social media channels are to create an environment where our officers and staff can engage with our communities safely. It also enables our communities to engage with us, make comments and suggestions and ask questions safely.

We expect anyone engaging with our social media channels to show respect for others.

In order to help create a safe online environment we have set out the following guidelines which apply to all social media channels. By choosing to engage on 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 based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age,
  • Breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves, contain any advertising or promote any services.

Breach of guidelines

We reserve the right to determine, at our discretion, whether contributions to 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 do not follow these guidelines.

Reporting crimes

We remind all members of our social media communities not to report crime on any of our social media channels but instead to call 999 in an emergency and for non-emergencies either report online or call 101.

July 2019