Facebook Posting Guidelines

These Rules Apply ALL Followers of our Facebook Page.

Page Admins Are Authorized To Deviate From Any Rule At Their Discretion

(Including Meme’s)

(Updated 1/15/2015)

With the popularity of our Facebook Page – we want to share with you our page

posting, and comment rules. These rules are here to help protect the identity of

those involved and integrity of KokomoScanner. Anyone can post to our Facebook

Wall incident tips, questions and information. But we want to make sure that

everyone understands our stance on the following, and violation of these can

result in temporary or permanent banning.

KokomoScanner is a Pro Public Safety Page. Public Safety Bashing

will not be condoned for ANY reason (Nor will Racism)

If you do not like the concept or the discussions, please leave without

comment. I will do my best to stay off of your page.

1. Privacy : Never will names be posted on alerts and incident

tips UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in request for an attempt to

locate, or have been previously authorized for the name to be released.

Updated 4/25/2016: Those involved in the incident or family of, that wish to

identify themselves releases us, and those who comment further from this rule as

they opted to identify themselves. Juveniles names will NEVER be used for ANY

reason when said juvenile is a VICTIM.

Patient ststus updates & any other confidential information will ONLY be released by IMMEDIATE family at their leisure.

2. Incident Addresses : If possible, only street name, cross

streets or block numbers will be released and not the actually physical address on residences.

– UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in request for an attempt to locate,

or have been previously authorized for the address to be released.

When posting an incident to the Facebook page, please put yourself in the

place of the victim and ask yourself “What would I want posted about this

event and what personal information would I want withheld from the public?”

If you do that, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Updated 1/13/2015: Those involved in the incident or family of, that wish to

identify the location releases us, and those who comment further from this rule

as they opted to identify themselves.

3. Move by Move Posts : During certain incidents, please keep

certain incident comments to just general comments and not move by move. Active

SWAT calls or tactics, Negotiation Incidents, Warrant Sweeps, Foot Pursuits, Man Hunts etc

… Example – We may post that there is an active negotiation going on in the

600 Block of W Markland. At that point the move by move should no longer be

posted in comments, other than major updates. We do not want to post photos that

will show officer positions, or equipment deployed giving away tactical

information. Foot pursuits, the incident may be posted, with updates to what the

call was and is about – however a move by move comment with officer details will

not be posted. We believe in informing the public what is going on in their

area, but officer safety as well.

4. Medical Incidents – We will not be posting medical incident

calls – UNLESS it hinders traffic, created a disturbance or is in a major

business. ALSO UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in request for an

attempt to locate, or have been previously authorized for released.

Medical incidents could be posted in general terms to answer someone’s

questions about what might be happening. E.G. (Medic Run) 1200 Block of E

Dixon.

5. Slander : No slandering, curse words or anti’ posts will be

acceptable and will be deleted and could get you blocked from the page.

Do not go on a rant bashing Kokomo or any of its Police Officers/Fire Fighters/EMS/Dispatchers

or city officials. You have your own personal FB page and can do what you want there.

It will not be tolerated here.

UPDATED 11/3/2015: OR ANY PUBLIC SAFETY OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY/

6. Instigating Arguments : Posts that instigate arguments, nag

at the poster or try to defy one of our administrators, call our posts into

question for arguments sake will not be tolerated. The post will be removed, and

person banned. Depending on the offense, the person may be contacted about their

violation and given the opportunity to rectify the situation. Added 1/13/2015:

If an admin removes your comment, or hides it – there is a reason for it (most

likely against the rules) Please do not argue, fight about or repost the comment

to defy the deletion/hide. You may contact us by private message, or through our

E-Mail to discuss your issue privately.

6.1 STAY ON TOPIC: Deviating from the posted topic as to take away from

the original post is not allowed E.G. Missing Child post turns into anti-school

posting. or Failure to pay bill at restaurant turns into said restaurant sucks post.

7. Minor Incidents : Unless asked what is going on, we will not

be posting minor incidents, such as theft from a store, or caller request

contact for barking dog for just example – there are other cases this may apply

to.

8. Traffic Accidents – We also respect privacy of those

involved, so please no posting of vehicle license plates unless it has been

involved in a special circumstance or unless released by the media, or agencies

in request for an attempt to locate, or have been previously authorized for

released. Vehicle descriptions may be posted if that information is broadcast

and available. i.e. White Honda Accord, Black Chevy Pickup. And as a reminder

NEVER post the accident victims names.

Updated 11/3/2015

9. Photographs

Updated 11/3/2015

Photographs are allowed to be posted, as long as

the photo is taken from street view and something that would normally have been seen without having to violate privacy, or personal property. Please make sure photos do not have faces of victims or plate numbers. On serious accidents or incidents where a life may hang in the balance, refrain from posting pictures that can identify victims identities to other family members, That job falls to the Police Departments.

Please try and post the photos after the incident if at all possible. By posting to Kokomo

Scanner you agree that your post is public and can be quoted and / or shared for

any purpose. Any picture or video posted or shared can be shared with any other

news or public safety agencies Your posting is the implied permission to share.

I will often share a good picture on Twitter giving credit space permitting.

Added 1/14/2015

9.1 Meme’s – Only about 1% of the memes we have seen on the page are topic related,

funny or appropriate.

We will no longer allow them to be posted. If we let in a couple, others will not understand

and we will get flooded with them again.

Some have ruined it for the few.

10. HOUSE AND STRUCTURE FIRES : Please no exact address,

descriptions are allowed, block numbers and cross streets are allowed UNLESS

released by the media, or agencies in request for an attempt to locate, or have

been previously authorized for the address to be released. Updated 1/13/2015

photographs are allowed to be posted, as long as the photo is taken from street

view and something that would normally have been seen without having to violate

privacy, or personal property. Please try and post the photos after the incident

if at all possible.

11. Runaway Teens and Kids or Missing Persons :

(Updated 11/3/2015)

Posting of missing persons are no longer allowed.

UNLESS there is an active Silver or Amber Alert in effect.

There may be exceptions allowed on a case by case basis.

Those exceptions will be totally at the page owners discretion.

Private Message (PM) the page with any questions

12: Updates And Status Requests:

We often get comments of “any updates”. We

will post updates as we can but our information source is what is broadcast over

the air at the time of the incident. There are no follow up “updates” to

condition of people involved, etc. That type of an update is up to the local

media sources.

We do encourage posting links to news articles that are related to the

threads discussed. Preferably posting them into the same thread that the

original discussion was made and not a new thread. We are not a news agency and

therefore do not get official press releases from such agencies with final word

so we welcome our news agency posts.

13. Lost or Found Animals: Post photos of your lost or found animal with

description of where and when they went missing or found and complete contact information

to recover, or to get a hold of person posting is needed. In dire needs, we may

share the post as main news, but not in all cases. NOTE: Not all lost and found

pets will be moved to the main wall. We can and will in dire situations, but due

to the large amount of posts of this nature we cant flood our main wall with

lost and found animals. We will do our best to direct people to the Posts To Page “PTP”

section when we can.

AVOID pictures with children in them if at all possible.

Added 1/13/2015

14. Removing Shares without Updates: If you

have shared with our Facebook Page a lost animal, runaway missing child, stolen

vehicle – or any type of asking for help, keep an eye out, You have to update

your post to close off the request and leave it up so that those who have shared

your post, in attempt to assist you get the notification that help is no longer

needed. We get people that post to the page that all of a sudden a post goes

missing (deleted by the poster) but we shared it out there and gained attention

for your cause. Problem is, people come to us asking where did the post go? Is

there still a search for the owner, or the dog, or the suspect etc… If you

share to our page and ask for help have courtesy to update us and those who have

shared your cause. You can become banned if you do not update your post – this

blocks your ability to post until you understand this request.

15. Posting And Sharing Links: We do encourage posting links of

news articles that are related to the threads discussed. Preferably posting them

into the same thread that the original discussion was made and not a new thread.

we are not a news agency and therefore do not get official press releases from

such agencies with final word. So we welcome our news agency posts.

Links, and shares of other Facebook pages, groups, websites that direct

others to somewhere else are NOT ALLOWED in threads and new posts. We recognize

that there may be some great resources out there, but in order to cut down and

keep spam out of the page we have made this strict rule. In the past we have had

people come to our page and try to get their “plug” in for their page, because,

yes we reach a huge amount of people. But if we allow one plug we have to allow

them all. And well, you know once we start allowing them, then that is all the

threads turn into is – Directing people elsewhere and that is not what our page

is about. When Admins share a post, from another group or authorize one to be

share that is allowed.

UPDATED 11/3/2015

16. Requests For Money/GoFundMe Requests: You are welcome to post anything like

that to the (PTP) section. We will no longer be sharing them in the main posting area.

(Unless there is special circumstance) That decision will be made by our staff.

The contents of this page and scanner feed are in no way associated with the agencies

being broadcast. We are in NO WAY affiliated With ANY Law Enforcement or Public Safety Agency.

By listening to the information heard on the scanner stream, you are

agreeing to use it for entertainment purposes only. Any misuse of this live feed can lead to criminal charges.

Fan Pages, Groups and Rescues that want to post information to our fan page

and include your links, and pages can email us here:

KokomoScanner@hotmail.com.

This page can be updated as time goes. So please revisit it if you are in

doubt if it is allowed

If in doubt or have a question, message me or e-mail kokomoscanner@hotmail.com

Special Thanks to the Grays Harbor Scanner.

https://www.facebook.com/GraysHarborScanner

and the Thurston County Scanner

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thurston-County-Scanner/298737440150522