General Order

CHAPTER: 009 - A

TITLE: Conditions and Benefits of Work-

Personal Web Pages/Sites


August 19, 2009



May 7, 2018


CFA 32.05


Special Order: Personal Web Pages/Sites, 08.23.2006


Sheriff of Monroe County

PURPOSE: The purpose of this General Order is to establish standards of conduct for Internet use, personal web pages, and/or sites with references to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), agency activities, or personal use of professionally gained information.


This procedure applies to the use of social networking websites, both on and off duty, and explicitly includes postings made at home and/or using personal Internet devices. The intent of this procedure is to ensure members use appropriate discretion in their use of references to this Agency and the actions taken by the member in his or her official capacity are governed as such to not discredit themselves or the agency and to provide guidelines covering situations of actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Professionalism, ethics and integrity are of paramount importance in the law enforcement community. Members are reminded that their conduct both on and off duty must meet a high standard.


This policy is necessary to ensure public confidence in the Sheriff’s Office and its employees.

This policy applies to all Sheriff’s Office employees


Blog – A personal online journal consisting of commentary, opinion, description of events, or other material such as graphics or video that is periodically updated and is intended and accessible for general and public viewing.

Chat Room – An online gathering website; accessible to the general public wherein communication is conducted with others in the chat room and is visible to other participants. The term can mean any technology from real-time chat over instant messaging to fully immersive graphical environments.

Personal Website – An online website accessible to the general public; created, configured, or contracted by an individual for social, entertainment or commentary purposes.

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 themselves on a social networking site.

Social Media – A variety of online sources that allows people to communicate; share information, photos and video and audio files; exchange text and other multimedia files with others through some form of online or cellular network platform.

Social Networking Site – An online website accessible to the general public which enables users to create profiles within the website and form relationships with other users of the same website who access their profile. Social networking sites can be used to describe community based websites, online discussions, forums, chat rooms, and other social spaces online or by cell phone. Examples of social networking websites include, but are not limited to: Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Vine, Instagram, and all other sites that allow users to post personal blogs. The absence of, or lack of reference to a specific website does not limit the extent of the application of this policy.

Website – Any computerized document, file or menu accessible on the internet and/or World Wide Web.


Authorized Use of Social Media Sites

Only those employees whose job function entails the use of social media sites shall be approved for use while on duty.

Violation – Failure to comply with the above guidelines may result in disciplinary procedures, up to and including termination.