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Forum Rules, Introductions & FAQs

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Posted almost 9 years ago


Updated: 9-19-11

Who's Who on the forums?

The forums are overseen by a team of Forum Moderators to ensure all discussions run smoothly. Forum Moderators also monitor for inappropriate comments posted to articles, videos, photos, and group. The same rules apply to those comments as they do to the general forums. Should you have any questions or concerns about the forums, feel free to contact any of the Forum Moderators or TheSarge. The Forum Moderator team is made up of LEOs and a non-LEO.

Forums Administrator - Oversees the entire Forums Moderator team

  • TheSarge

Forum Moderators

  • AZmeangreen 

  • bill9823

  • hbg522


  • FireDad 

  • Retleo

  • tlwinkles379

 How do I do access the LEO-restricted forums and groups?

Complete this form to request access to LEO-restricted areas of PoliceLink.

Are there rules of conduct?

Whenever making a post or comment, please keep in mind that many areas of PoliceLink are accessible to the general public. Please conduct yourself in a way that puts yourself, your department, and law enforcement in a positive light.

If you are caught behaving in an inappropriate way, in violation of the Forum Rules (rules are in the post directly below this one), or in violation of PoliceLink TOU, your account can and will be sanctioned. Sanctions range from temporary to permanent suspension of your account privileges.

What are "trolls" and "badge bunnies"?

Trolls and badge bunnies are the undesirable group of outsiders who come to PoliceLink to cause trouble or to be a nuisance. Trolls are technically defined as anti-law enforcement type people who want to come here and spout some anti-law enforcement diatribe. Badge bunnies are people who come to PoliceLink looking for a date and post inappropriate photos of themselves.

Trolls and badge bunnies are immediately and permanently sanctioned from the site as soon as they are identified.


(Reviewed & Updated: 9-19-11 by TheSarge)

Chris Cosgriff
Executive Director
The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.


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Rated +5 | Posted almost 9 years ago


PoliceLink Forum Rules

Read, heed, relax and enjoy our forums. Most of all, remember that PoliceLink is a site for and in support of law enforcement. Anti law enforcement posts will be removed and those who made them will have their accounts deactivated without further warning.

This user guideline for the PoliceLink.com discussion forums in general is meant as not only words of welcome, but also as a baseline for what is expected of you as guests in this online community. Most of this is common sense, but all of it is still worth saying. Remember that these are open forums, so PERSEC and OPSEC must be observed at all times (PERSEC is personal security / OPSEC is operational security). These rules also apply to comments posted to articles, videos, photos and groups.

Unless you are comfortable with it; do not give names, units or locations of self or others, and keep your personal info to a minimum. You never know who is reading.

To all you newbies, welcome aboard! This post was created with the purpose of giving you some advice and guidance before you jump into the world of the PoliceLink.com discussion forums. This is a pretty long post, but be patient and read it through - it will help you avoid embarrassment and give you some very helpful background information starting out.

- READ the Terms of Use / User Agreement. Let me say that again: READ THE TOU. When you are on the PoliceLink.com website, you will find a number of blue, underlined links at the very bottom of every page. The “Terms of Use” is among them.

- Read the boards. Don’t just jump right in and start a new thread or subject, because it may already exist. Visit other threads, view the opinions expressed, and get a feel for the flow of discussion that goes on around here.

- Introduce yourself - tell us a little about who you are and what you’re all about. You don’t have to put anything out that you don’t want, just give us some background.

- Your profile - it’s not mandatory that you put personal information in your profile, but anonymous posters tend to be less trusted than those who are honest in their profile. A big tip for your profile: List your ACTUAL status. If you are a spouse or enthusiast, just say so. Do NOT list your spouse’s rank or service status as your own.


- Do’s and Don’ts - Argue all you want, but be respectful. This forum is provided to you for free, and is a public forum, but that does not give you the right to be disrespectful.

- This forum supports the Law Enforcement community. That doesn’t mean that non-Law Enforcement personnel are not welcome, but it DOES mean that certain beliefs and traditions are held in higher regard. Among these are:

- Respect for the uniform, if not the man (or woman) in spite of inter-service rivalry. All of us like to tease the others about our respective services, but keep it light.

- Don’t question the service of another member. Nothing gives you the right to disparage anyone who served honorably.

- Those that have direct law enforcement experience in a given topic have a higher level of regard than others here (within their area of expertise). If you jump in offering your opinions on a particular subject, your level of experience comes into play.

- Sensitive information. Certain information, while not strictly confidential, is still not appropriate for discussion on a forum that is open to a world wide audience. If in doubt, don’t talk about it.

- Don’t rant and rave –Try to use reasoned debate, logic, credible sources, etc. In time you will be listened to with respect and you’ll enjoy your time here. - Keep a thick skin and a sense of humor. You are in amongst a number of folks who may or may not be ‘PC’. Understand that most of it is in fun.

- Agree to disagree - don’t keep hammering away with a point that another member refuses to acknowledge. Just agree to have a different viewpoint; otherwise the resentment builds. -Name Calling is discouraged and not seen as a way to “win” a debate. Resorting to name calling generally results in disruptive posts by all parties involved, and will lead to suspension of posting privileges.

-“Calling Out” of a member is not allowed because it disrupts the normal flow of debate on these forums. These are discussion forums. Not a place to air personal grudges.

-Posting “Incendiary” Threads. Members who post extremely controversial thread topics for the sole purpose of aggravating large “groups” of members will have their threads moved and will face disciplinary action by the Moderators.

-Respect the Moderators. The Moderators are those individuals who monitor the forums, assist the members, and ensure that the TOU are adhered to. On this site, the Mods are the all-knowing, all-powerful presence of your little universe. If they give you a warning, HEED IT - the next warning will be your sanctioning (removal off the site). Moderators enjoy some flexibility in applying discipline on these Forums. Members, who calm down, and comply with Moderator warnings will fair better than those who do not.

-Checking profiles: Look at a member’s profile before you get into it with them. Simply click on their screen name and you can find out more about the poster. This is very useful, and will keep you from making mistakes like: referring to a woman as “he”, debating tactical issues with a Master SWAT Officer when you are not. It also lets you find out more about your fellow PoliceLink.com members.

There you go, newbie – a bit of wisdom to get you started. Read, heed, and Welcome Aboard!

Chris Cosgriff
Executive Director
The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.