La Porte County Sheriff Website Policy
The following La Porte County Sheriff Website
policy shall be applicable to any web content on the La Porte County
Sheriff's public internet site(s).
Section 1 – Findings
The La Porte County
Sheriff's Office (LCSO) hereby finds that these guidelines are necessary
and intended to set forth the Sheriff's policy governing content and
links to be permitted on the Sheriff's Website.
These guidelines are not intended to create
any rights guaranteed by existing law, nor waive any defenses or rights
available to the Sheriff's Office. In establishing and maintaining LCSO
Website, the Sheriff does not intend in any manner to create or
designate a Public Forum or other means by which unfiltered public discourse,
exchange of opinions and ideas, or discussion on issues of any nature
Section 2 - Delegation of Authority
The LCSO hereby
delegates its full authority to create, maintain, change, and/or abolish
the Sheriff's Website on behalf of the Sheriff's office to be consistent
with provisions of this policy.
Section 3 - County
Website Limited Purpose
The limited purpose
for the LCSO Website is to provide online government services, education
and access to information regarding Sheriff services, meetings,
programs, activities, policies, documents, and facilities provided by
the Sheriff that promote the community's public health, safety and
welfare. LCSO Website content and links shall be consistent with the
LCSO Website's Limited Purpose.
Section 4 -
The Sheriff will provide an external link
from the LCSO Website to another Website in accordance with the
1. a. Link shall assist the Sheriff in
fulfilling its stated LCSO Website Limited Purpose and be consistent
with this policy.
2. b. Link shall have a natural affinity and
logical nexus to information provided on the LCSO Website and be
consistent with Sheriff goals, policies and the LCSO Website Limited
Link shall be to a Website that is managed in a professional manner
(i.e., fully operational and available most of the time).
4. d. Link shall be to a governmental agency
or governmental organization, or special purpose district which provides
information related to the LCSO Website Limited Purpose, or to
professional associations that have a natural affinity and logical nexus
to information provided on the Sheriff’s Website.
Section 5 -
The content of
material placed on the Sheriff's Website shall be consistent with the
Limited Purpose of the Website stated in Section 4 herein. All decisions
on the content of material placed on the Sheriff's Website shall be made
by the Sheriff's Administrator or his/her designee in strict compliance
with the guidelines of this Policy.
Section 6 - Content
6.1 Role and Responsibilities of Content
The County Administrator reserves the right to remove content material
he/she concludes is not being properly maintained.
Content Managers shall have the authority and ability to change, add or
delete content material for their respective departments using the
content management software supported by the Sheriff. This excludes
Blogs where external users have uncensored
access to post material directly to the County Website are prohibited in
order to maintain the integrity and accuracy of content and to avoid
creation of a public forum.
Section 7 -
The Sheriff is committed to providing a
Website that is accessible to all visitors including those with
disabilities such as vision, hearing and mobility impairments. If users
have questions or difficulty accessing a certain page on
www.laportecountysheriff.com, please contact us by email at
email@example.com or by telephone at 219.326.7700.
The following summary of guidelines and goals
are approved for Sheriff Website design:
Section 8 - Email
does not approve of SPAM also know as UCE (unsolicited commercial
email). LCSO does not send SPAM and it does not act as a relay point for
SPAM from other mail servers. To report SPAM problems related to LCSO,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach the email in
question in order to preserve all headers from the original message and
send the message from an email account with a valid reply address.
8.2 Use of
On certain pages on its Website, LCSO
requests email addresses. These email addresses are intended to be used
for the requested purpose only.
8.3 Mailing Lists
If email addresses are requested for the
purpose of being added to a mailing list, LCSO will follow these
a. Each mailing list will describe what subscribers will receive and how
often messages will be sent.
b. All new subscription requests will be
verified either by sending an email message to the subscriber requesting
a reply, or by visiting a webpage to complete the subscription.
c. Subscribers can
request removal from a mailing list via a webpage or by sending an email
to a specific address.
d. A contact telephone number will be
provided for each mailing list.
e. If email cannot be delivered to an
address, the address will be removed from the mailing list.
f. LCSO will not use
a mailing list for any purpose other than what was originally intended.
g. LCSO will
not sell mailing lists that it collects to any third party.
h. LCSO will not add
an email address to another mailing list other than the one requested.
Section 9 - Use of
users wish to use LCSO's logos, requests must be submitted at
219.326.7700 or by
email at email@example.com for further information. Permission must
be obtained to use Sheriff logos.
Section 10 - Privacy
committed to protecting individual privacy. The Sheriff provides this
policy to explain what information is collected from users and how it is
used. To make this policy easy to find, it is available from a link on
the homepage and most of the other enterprise pages on the Website.
policy only applies to LCSO's Website. If users leave LCSO's Website by
Website which is not reviewed, approved or verified by LCSO.
Information Collected From Users
When users visit the LCSO Website, LCSO
collects and stores statistical information about the visit. The
information does not identify what an individual accesses on our
Website, but does enable us to produce summary statistical reports. We
use the statistical information to help improve the design of our
Website and to analyze how web pages are being accessed.
Users Provide to LCSO
Some applications on our Website allow users
to enter information on forms so that the Sheriff can provide users with
a customized response. In this case, the information user's supply is
not recorded or tracked. Examples include forms that request search
keywords in order to find specific information or forms where users
enter their address or pin number to receive customized information.
Other applications on our Website ask for personal information so that
we may respond to the request. This information may be stored in a
database which will be accessed by authorized personnel in order to
fulfill the request. Examples of personal information collected include:
name, address, phone number and email address.
10.3 Use of
Information collected from the user will be
used for the purpose that was defined when the user made the request.
The information may be given to another government agency in order to
respond to the request. LCSO does not share the information collected
with other outside parties unless the information is subject to
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act or by court order or
subpoena or it is deemed necessary to release it to an authorized law
LCSO does not create personal profiles
containing information from requests submitted on the Sheriff's Website.
LCSO uses email addresses to respond to inquiries, when possible. The
addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with
A cookie is a small text file that is stored
on the user's computer. Cookies are used to keep track of important
application specific information. If the user does not allow the use of
cookies, there may be some applications on the LCSO's Website that will
LCSO protects user information. When a
visitor is asked to supply certain information online, the web page is
secured with the industry standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption.
LCSO also protects the personal information that is stored on its web
servers. Web servers are kept in a locked room that is only accessible
to authorized personnel. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change
information on our Internet servers are strictly prohibited and are
punishable under federal or state laws.
Section 11 -
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
The LCSO is committed to complying fully with
the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Accordingly, if you are
under the age of 13, you are not authorized to provide us with
personally identifying information. We appreciate your cooperation with
this federally mandated requirement. Users are cautioned that the
collection of personal information volunteered by children on-line or by
e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult and may
be subject to public access.
Section 12 - Terms
to LCSO's website is provided subject to the following terms and
conditions. Please read these terms carefully as use of these sites
constitutes acceptance of all of the following terms and conditions:
12.1 Disclaimer of Liability
Neither LCSO, its
employees, contractors, nor elected officials shall be responsible or
held liable to users of LCSO Websites for any improper or incorrect use
of the information described or contained on LCSO Websites. In no event
shall LCSO or elected officials or its employees be liable for any
direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential
damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods
or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption)
however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract,
strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in
any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the
possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any
damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any
failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect,
delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, computer hacker,
communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access
to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract,
tortuous behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.
12.2 Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of
Although the data found on LCSO Websites has
been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no
warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy,
completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information.
This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the
information. The LCSO and its elected officials provide this information
on an "as is" basis. All warranties of any kind, express or implied,
including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability,
fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer
viruses or hackers and non-infringement of proprietary rights are
disclaimed. Changes may be periodically made to the information herein;
these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the
12.3 Disclaimer of Endorsement
LCSO Websites are a distributor of content
sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice,
statements, services, offers, links, or other information or content
expressed or made available by third parties, including information
providers, users, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or
distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of the
Sheriff or its elected officials and shall not be used for advertising
or product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific
commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark,
manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its
endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the LCSO.
12.4 Disclaimer of External Links
LCSO Website contains links to other related
World Wide Web Internet sites and resources. LCSO is not responsible for
the contents or operation of any off-site pages referenced. The user
specifically acknowledges that the LCSO is not liable for any
defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or
third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests
entirely with the user. Links from LCSO web pages on the World Wide Web
to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from the LCSO. These
links are provided as an information service only. It is the
responsibility of the web surfer to evaluate the content and usefulness
of information obtained from other sites. Since LCSO Websites are not
responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their
contents, users shall direct any concerns regarding any external link to
its site administrator or webmaster.
12.5 Disclaimer of
Duty to Continue Provision of Data
Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet,
resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee
or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as
menus, home pages, and files are reorganized. The user expressly agrees
that use of the LCSO's Website is at the user's sole risk. The LCSO does
not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free. The
documents and related graphics published could contain technical
inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to
the information herein. The LCSO and/or its programs may make
improvements and/or changes in the information and/or programs described
herein at any time.
12.6 Choice of Law
Construction of the disclaimers above and
resolution of disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of
Indiana. The laws of the State of Indiana, shall apply to all uses of
this data and this system. By use of this system and any data contained
therein, the user agrees that use shall conform to all applicable laws
and regulations and user shall not violate the rights of any third