Code of Conduct


Thank you for being part of our community.  To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines.  You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to those best suited to the medium.  This is a great platform with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing discussion.  Questions should be directed to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation via the 
Contact Us link on this site.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the Site Administrator at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation.  In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community at any time for anyone who violates these rules.


  • Respect others:  Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
  • Respect the purpose of the community:  Use the community to share research and information, best practices, successes and challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide.  If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.
  • Use caution when discussing products:  Information posted in the discussion groups and in the libraries, is available for all to see, and comments may be subject to libel, slander, antitrust, and privacy laws.
  • Respect intellectual property:  Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.
  • When posting items in this collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse.  Contact the owner of any material if you’d like to reuse or reproduce it.
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities:  This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating noise.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials are strictly prohibited.  Do no post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • Do not reproduce materials without consent. Do not print, download or reproduce any material without the express permission of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation and the poster(s) of the material.
  • Be aware of applicable privacy laws.  Do not post personal information without consent of the individual.  Be aware that posted materials and comments could be accessible to the public under relevant access to information legislation.

Discussion Group Etiquette

  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line.  This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
  • Send messages such as “thanks for the information” or “me too” to individuals not the entire group.  Do this by using the “Reply to Sender” link in every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages such as “remove me from the list” to the entire group.  Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list.  If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address.  Simply change your settings by using Profile>Account>Email Preferences.


This site is provided as a service for the members of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation, and others subscribed to the service. 

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation is the exclusive owner and operator of this site.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.  We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Research Foundation or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warrantees of merchantability and fitness. 

In no event shall the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation be held liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials to the site.

Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.  By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that s/he owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.  In addition, the posting party grants the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Research Foundation exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.  Any users of the site wishing to copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, download or reproduce materials found on this site may only do so with the express permission of both the poster(s) and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation.

When posting research, guidelines or policy documents created by a police service, posters are to specify any applicable conditions of use or liability waivers that may pertain to the recommendations, findings, or use of the content by other members of the group.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or implicitly leads to price fixing, a boycott of a business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. 

Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate:  prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits; profit margins or cost data; market shares; sales territories or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection or termination of customers or suppliers.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Research Foundation does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings.  However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Research Foundation, we will take appropriate action to delete, revise or edit the posting as necessary.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Research Foundation reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines, as well as to delete or edit any postings as necessary in compliance with these guidelines.


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