Social Media Supervisor:
Detective Sergeant Tina Barrett
Phone: (419) 690-1642
The Northwood Police Department has created a Facebook, a Twitter, and an Instagram account. Along with the department website, the purpose of these social media platforms is to effectively communicate important department information to the general public. Such uses include: Emergency notifications (ex: police situations, severe weather, etc.), advisory notices (ex: road closures, traffic accidents, etc.), department events, and community policing initiatives.
Social Media Policy
Thank you for visiting the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department’s website. Our mission is to provide a safe and secure community through fair and professional policing, to prevent crime, enforce laws, protect life, and property, all while upholding the constitutional rights of all.
The City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department maintains a social media program for the purpose of engaging and interacting with our community, providing relevant and timely community news, information and events, distribution of crime prevention and public safety tips, for urgent notifications of critical incidents which may affect residents, business owners and visitors of the City of Northwood, and for those people having an interest in the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department.
Requests for Police Assistance on Social Media
The City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department’s social media platforms are not monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, it is discouraged to use social media platforms to report emergency and non-emergency situations. In case of an emergency, please dial 911. For non-emergencies, please call (419) 691-5053. If you have information pertaining to a case that was posted on our social media platforms, you can send the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department a message via the social media platform messaging application or call us at (419) 691-5053. Please keep in mind that since we do not monitor our platforms all the time, your message will not be answered right away. If your message is time-sensitive, please call our non-emergency dispatch phone number at (419) 691-5053.
In the event you post information related to a crime on our social media platforms, you are subject to becoming a witness and being subpoenaed into court for that particular case.
"Friending" or "Liking" the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department social media platforms, or an officer or employee of the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department, does not indicate an endorsement of that person's actions or comments.
A comment posted by a member of the public on any City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department’s social media platforms is the opinion of the commentator or poster only, and publication of a comment does not imply endorsement of, or agreement by, the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department, nor do such comments necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department.
Any content that is created on any of the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department’s social media platforms is considered a public record, and is subject to a public records request. All records are saved and maintained for a period of time dictated by the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department’s records retention policy.
Moderation of Content
The City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department's social media platforms are intended to be "family friendly." To maintain a safe and open atmosphere on our social media platforms, the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department uses moderation and filtering features to limit foul or obscene content. The City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department does actively monitor the social media platforms used by the department, and will remove inappropriate content as defined below, without prior notice, and as soon as possible. The department shall reserve the right to remove and/or block anyone who posts inappropriate material as determined by the department. This material may include, but is not limited to:
Comments not related to the original topic, including random or unintelligible comments
Profane, obscene, or pornographic content and/or language
Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin
Defamatory or personal attacks
Threats to any person or organization
Comments in support of, or in opposition to, any political campaigns or ballot measures
Solicitation of commerce, including but not limited to advertising of any business or product for sale
Conduct in violation of any federal, state or local law
Encouragement of illegal activity
Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
Content that violates a legal ownership interest, such as a copyright, of any party
Harassment or content which constitutes and/or facilitates stalking
Content which violates the right to privacy
Encouragement of violence
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
Posts or comments that contain any external links
The department does not allow posting of photos or videos by anyone other than members of the department
Denial of Access
Facebook's Community of Standards
All comments posted to any City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department Facebook site are bound by Facebook's Community Standards, and the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department reserves the right to report any violation of Facebook's Community Standards to Facebook with the intent of Facebook taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.
When applicable, the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department reserves the right to report any violation of the Twitter Rules, with the intent of Twitter taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.
Instagram Community Guidelines
When applicable, the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department reserves the right to report any violation of the Instagram Community Guidelines, with the intent of Instagram taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.
Should you have any questions in regards to any of the items listed above, please contact the City of Northwood, Ohio Police Department's Social Media Officers listed below.
Detective Sergeant Tina Barrett
Phone: (419) 690-1642