Social Media

Social Media Terms of Use

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office ("Office") Social Media Terms of Use establishes guidelines for Office - maintained social media sties, pages and posts on social media networks, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, and YouTube.

The primary goals of the Office's use of social media are to increase public awareness of the Office's programs, policies and services and to maintain open, professional and responsive communications with members of the public regarding the Office. The Office recognizes and appreciates the rights of all members of our online community to free speech and freedom of expression. This page and all comments posted are regularly monitored by administrators.

While comments will not be edited by Office personnel, a comment may not be published or may be screened if it violates these Terms of Use. The Office reserves the right to take other actions in order to ensure compliance with these Terms of Use. Comments should be related to the posted topic for the social media page or post.

Office administered social media accounts are not meant for comments that do not directly relate to the purpose or topic of the social media website, page or post. This social media page is intended to be used for information purposes only. If a user wishes to contact the Office's Administration or to request Office non-emergency services, the user should visit the Office's official website:

By participating on this page, users agree to the Terms of Use and to only post content that is consistent with these Terms of Use and related to the posting, discussion or forum topic. The following is prohibited on all Office maintained social media pages:

  • The use of obscene, crude, defamatory, threatening, sexually indecent or harassing language.
  • Personal attacks of any kind or offensive comments that advocate unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability.
  • Comments or content advocating for, or depicting, illegal activity.
  • Personally identifiable information such as social security numbers and dates of birth.
  • Material of a sexually indecent nature.
  • Commercial solicitations unless on behalf of the Office.
  • Statements that endanger public health, safety and security or statements that encourage, provide advice for or solicit the commission of a criminal act.
  • Content that violates intellectual property or copyright laws or posting of material that violates copyrights or trademarks of others.
  • Promotion or advertisement of a business or commercial transaction.

Office maintained social media sites and pages are a public forum. Any content posted is subject to public records retention and disclosure pursuant to North Carolina law. Opinions expressed by visitors to this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Office, nor the opinions of any of the Office's elected officials or employees.

This Terms of Use document is subject to amendment or modification by the Office at any time.