Social Networking Policy


The agency does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage,verify or agree with Third Party comments, messages, posts, opinions, advertisements, videos, promoted content, external hyperlinks, linked websites (or the information, products or services contained therein), statements, commercial products, processes or services posted on any Social Media Site. This agency social media site serves as a limited public forum and all content published is subject to preservation and disclosure in accordance with the Georgia Open Records Act. User- generated posts may be rejected or removed when the content includes any of the following:

  • incitement of violence or violent behavior,
  • defamation or spread of misinformation,
  • content off-topic from the original post,
  • copyrighted or commercial material,
  • negative or derogatory material,
  • crude or offensive language,
  • fraudulent material or accusations,
  • obscene or illegal material,
  • Comments not related to the original topic, including random or unintelligible comments,
  • Repetitive content,
  • Comments in support of, or in opposition to, any political campaigns or ballot measures,
  • Comments which may reasonably interfere with, inhibit, or compromise law enforcement investigations, police tactics, police responses to incidents and/or the safety of police staff and officers, or
  • Posts or comments that contain any external links.We do not allow information intended to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.


The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny access to Agency social media sites for any individual, who violates the Agency’s Social Media Terms of Use, at any time and without prior notice.
If you wish to contest the removal or hiding of your content, or your denial of access (“banned”) from our social media platforms, you may do so by contacting us at 706-344-3535 and requesting to speak to a member of our social media team.


Social media sites contain communications sent to or received by the Agency and its employees, and such communications are therefore public records subject to Georgia Open Records Act. These retention requirements apply regardless of the form of the record (e.g. digital text,photos, audio, and video). The Department maintaining a site shall preserve records pursuant to a relevant records retention schedule.


Social media sites are not monitored 24/7. If there is an emergency,contact 911.


The policy referenced above is a portion of G-445 Social Networking Policy which includes internal polices for Dawson County Sheriff’s Office employees and social networking designees.