Membership Policies & Code of Conduct

1.0 INTRODUCTION

We prefer to keep things simple! We DO, however, reserve the right to edit, improve and add to our membership policies at any time, for any reason.  Hey, let’s face it, this 40,000+ member Group with 75,000+ in over 20 Groups has been growing like crazy and we are learning and growing with it.  This stuff is necessary to help the dysfunctional drama hounds and criminal element of society not ruin our community, or our efforts.  We estimate that to be about 5% of the Group.  Don’t be a 5%’er.

2.0 WHAT IS EXPECTED OF MEMBERS?

Watch the feed for incidents, updates and announcements in your area or the surrounding areas! We encourage all members to comment or contribute to any post if they have valid/confirmed information that pertains to it. Enjoy that you’re being informed about crime & public safety calls going on right in your hood and also given any updates we may have on those calls, or on found missing persons, wanted persons found & arrested and much more!! We also expect for you to be respectful of those reporting (whether they are an admin, or another member like yourself), as well as being respectful to other members commenting on threads.  Abusive or vulgar behavior is unacceptable. We urge all members to submit posts on, ALREADY reported to LE, events, such as: Traffic Accidents that may cause travel delays, confirmed (and already reported) criminal activity, etc. If you are not into that, feel free to be one of our many admitted voyeurs, who are watching the feed, yet do not contribute by commenting. We welcome you!!

**If you are on the feed to be rude, slander/bash someone or mess with people… even watching isn’t for you.**

Otherwise welcome to the Group!

3.0 IF YOU SEE A CRIME, SUSPECT OR ACCIDENT:

||||||| CALL 911 BEFORE POSTING |||||||

We cannot stress this enough!! We are NOT law enforcement. We are citizens – just like you.

You are advised to call 911 immediately.  Don’t bug 911 unless you know the facts first hand and are willing to answer questions about what you know.  Don’t post or comment about it on the feed until you have called 911.  We all gotta do our jobs as Members to help our community! We sure do appreciate Members that care enough to act.

One more time with that… See a crime or public safety event first hand?  Know the facts personally?  Willing to help the community?  Got a phone?  CALL 911 FIRST, then jump on the Scanner Group and hit us up with a post to inform your neighbors and community.

4.0 CAN MEMBERS POST TO THE GROUP?

Yes.  If it is a crime or public safety event and you have applied the 911 logic above to it, post.  We will review it, and providing all policies of this page are met, we will approve.  Your post should include enough details to be worthy of our Members time. For example, if you submit a post to us for review that says something similar to: I heard a siren 4 hours ago near Phoenix. Anyone know why? Sorry, this is in no way helpful to the group or informative. As well, if your post contains a full address or name of a victim or minor we will not approve it. Your post must be written in a congenial way that does not editorialize.  Only Scanner Admins & Reporters are allowed to editorialize in posts.

WE DO NOT ALLOW UNAPPROVED OUTSIDE ADS in the posts, comments, photos, or anywhere else on Scanner Group or Scanner Wars!  We use a ban and mediate policy to all spammers & bootleg advertisers.  Our Members don’t like it and neither do we.  If you are looking to advertise a legitimate business, contact us at media@jacksoncountyscanner.com, or Private Message our Business Operations Manager, Ryan Mallory.

We welcome you to comment on the scanner calls we post if you saw the crime or public safety hazard first hand.  Matter of fact our Members love it!  You may also discuss opinions about calls in the comments section of a post, within reason, however there should be no personal opinions in any post you submit for review. Any unhelpful, unnecessary or abusive comments are subject to deletion by our admin group.

5.0 INFO ON VICTIM & MINORS

Hey, we love the freedom of speech and press principles this Group was founded on.  Our Members have shown their compassion for victims through their actions, support, consideration, hopes and prayers.  Our Admins have vigilantly attempted to protect identities of the most fragile members of our community and continue to learn along the way.  We have made the decision that it is only appropriate to post the street name on certain calls that we consider the most sensitive. Victims & minors are our main concern in all situations.  Photos and information about minors is not appropriate in any of our groups including WARS!, unless it is a missing child post or approved by the administration.

6.0 INSIDER INFORMATION

We appreciate insider information.  Please consider your best judgement and the wishes of Law Enforcement (LE) in your comments.  If you know something helpful or an update on a call, we’d love to hear it.  Over sharing and comments we deem inappropriate will be quietly removed without discussion by any Admin. Repeat offenses can and will lead to banning the member.

7.0 FAMILY & FRIENDS OF VICTIMS, SUSPECTS, OR KNOWN CRIMINALS

Over sharing personal information by family members and friends of subjects reported from the scanner are not allowed..  People supporting a suspect or known criminal are not allowed to comment with attacks on our members who are annoyed by their crime. Remember, our purpose is not to support criminal activity – it is to report it and provide awareness, safety and support to our members and community.

8.0 FOLLOWING POSTS & MANAGING NOTIFICATIONS

Members have been known to put a period (.) as a comment to follow posts.  Please DO NOT do this.  We encourage you to follow a post if you’d like, however periods or dots (.) create a cluttered thread that makes it difficult to read, follow or update.  We suggest you turn on notifications for the posts you want to follow.  That is found in a collapsible menu accessible from a small down-arrow in the top right corner of the post on computers, tablets and smart phones.  If that doesn’t make sense or you don’t see it, try reading Facebook’s short notification instructions at this link.  We respectfully request that Members learn how to manage notifications for that purpose and turn notifications off for posts they commented on but no longer want updates for.

9.0 Scanner Group FAQ’s

Are you associated with Law Enforcement?
We have absolutely no association with any government agency. We re-publish publicly transmitted and pre-published data.

How can I make you remove a post or website information tgat I don’t like?

You can’t.  Unless previously posted information is proven to be false, there is no legal or moral burden for us to remove public information.  We are community volunteers posting information, data and content that hs been released to the public.  Removals and contacts about them take time to evaluate.  It is also content, history and intellectual property that we develop for business & community service purposes.  It isn’t desirable to delete information in our business, but that option MAY be available in the case of a family that experienced a death (for them to grieve), an involved minor (for their protection) or other reasons based on our discretion.  Removal requests can be sent via Private Message to an administrator, or to media@jacksoncountyscanner.com.  We originally had a $100 fee for removal to deter criminals and their families from bothering us for removals.  That was poorly received, by the public, and by a specific family who was dealing with a death ~ That post was removed at their request.  Our new policy allows for folk like them, but we now just won’t respond to criminal requests rather than charging.  It isn’t the money we were looking for here – just peace and less contact from the 5%’ers. If you committed the crime and were charged/arrested ~ it is public information. We will not entertain removal requests for the sole purpose of protecting your popularity.

If I don’t like that answer and demand a post be removed anyway?
One more time: it is public information anyone can access.  No amount of begging, explaining or typing will change that.  We don’t want to do any more free work, so if you’re pissed off, tough.  If you threaten or repeatedly contact us, you will be immediately banned from all of our groups and your information will be turned over to Law Enforcement for harassment, stalking or menacing.

Member Policies (continued)

 

10.0 MINORS AS MEMBERS

Scanner Group generally defaults to Facebook Rules on age. This allows anyone 13 years or older to participate in the online community we are part of.  Though we don’t consider Scanner Group or WARS! Group, or even Facebook, to be appropriate for every teenager,  we have no way of checking age or maturity. Thus, we observe parental rights when considering a minor’s eligibility for Membership.  If a minor should not be in that space, we expect that their parent(s) have taken appropriate action to manage or enforce their own rules.  If we are contacted by a parent, asking us to remove a minor from the group, we likely will with proof of guardianship, so we know you aren’t just someone picking on a kid.  We defend kids, and some of us have even been or are teen mentors.  As long as your kid is mature about their interactions in Scanner Group and WARS!, they will be welcome.  We assume they have your permission.  Kids acting out might get a little parenting from the Members or Admins to culture them into a broader understanding of diplomacy, congeniality and appropriate debate.  Sometimes that parenting includes a virtual spanking in the form of being banned. If you object to our methods, we encourage you to remove your child from our group immediately.

11.0 DONATION REQUESTS, GOFUNDME, KICKSTARTER, PAYPAL, ANY OTHER REQUESTS FOR MONEY OR SOLICITATION OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED

After thoroughly researching and validating a cause, we have allowed some to be posted and we reserve the right to do so going forward. Do not ask.  When we do allow something of this nature, it would be in support of a victim, related to our charity campaigns or related to our community safety and awareness campaigns.  It will be closely managed and monitored.

Why not?

It is very hard to vet these requests. For example, GoFundMe has no real vetting process.  Anyone can open a GoFundMe account for any reason! Most of the GoFundMe accounts we have seen and researched were not created by the person in need. They were created by friends, family, or someone completely unknown to the needy party, making the account unwarranted.  We don’t want to expose our members to potential scams, nor can we guarantee the money raised by online donation efforts will be spent in the way intended.  We have seen several scams since we started this group and know our responsibility is to protect our members first.  We will delete all future donation/solicitation requests.  Please do not message admins or post them for approval.  We are happy to direct those in need to the appropriate resources. There may be some efforts we rally our members to support.  Those will be WELL vetted for safety.

Scanner Group has these policies and procedures to keep the feed clean and easy to navigate. We offer news, updates and important information to raise public awareness and keep you, our neighbors, friends, family and potential visitors safe and in formed. There is no excuse to not follow the policies of Jackson County Scanner Group. AND, to give you an outlet to discuss something from Scanner Group… We Give You:

 

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