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Website Terms and Conditions of Use

Thank you for visiting the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Website and reviewing our Website Terms and Conditions of Use.

POST’s Privacy Policy covers our practices regarding personal information and is also available on this Website.

By using this Website, you agree to the policies and practices as described here. If you do not agree to be bound by these conditions, please disconnect from this Website.

The Website Terms and Conditions of Use reflect POST's current business practices and are subject to change without notice.

Conditions of Use

User Agreement

You agree that you will not use this Website for any unlawful activity or use it in any way that would violate these Website Terms and Conditions of Use. Also, you shall not restrict or inhibit any other user from accessing any service provided by this Website, nor shall you upload, email, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish any of the following on this Website:

    • Unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, or indecent materials.
    • Materials that infringe on another's intellectual property or privacy rights.
    • Advertisement or solicitation of funds, goods, or services, or any materials containing a virus or other harmful component, surveys, contests, "spam" or chain letters, etc.

POST reserves the right to delete, move, edit, refuse to post, or take other appropriate action with respect to such messages, information, or files which POST, in its sole discretion, deems objectionable or otherwise in violation of these Website Terms and Conditions of Use.

This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Links to Other Sites

The POST Website contains links to external websites which may be useful to you and which may provide services. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other websites.  Linking to another website takes you away from the POST Website and subjects you to the privacy policy of the new website.

Public Disclosure

In the State of California, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access records and information created or maintained by State government. At the same time, certain records and information are exempt from disclosure.   These exemptions serve various needs, including maintaining the privacy of individuals. Both State and federal laws provide exemptions.

All information collected at this site becomes a public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption applies. In the event of a conflict between this Use Policy and the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other law governing the disclosure of public records, the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other applicable law will control.

Ownership

In general, information presented on this web site, unless otherwise indicated, is considered in the public domain. It may be distributed or copied as permitted by law. However, the State does make use of copyrighted data (e.g., photographs or other materials) which may require additional permissions prior to your use.  The State shall have the unlimited right to use for any purpose, free of any charge, all information submitted via this site, except those submissions made under separate legal contract. The State shall be free to use, for any purpose, any ideas, concepts, or techniques contained in information provided through this site.

Permission May Be Required From Other Parties

This website may include copyrighted materials owned by third-party contributors who have granted POST permission to post those materials on this website.  The fact that POST has permission to post the materials does not give you the right to use those materials.  To use any copyrighted material that is not owned or created by POST, you must seek permission directly from the owning or holding sources.

Links Made to the POST Website

External websites may provide hyperlinks to this website for informational purposes without prior written permission from POST, except as limited by the restrictions cited in the section "Permission Is Granted for Personal Use Only." This use must not infringe on the rights of POST, in particular, relating to its logo, acronym, and intellectual property rights.

POST does not grant permission to create a link for the purpose of promoting an organization or company, or any products and services not created by, and/or not endorsed by, POST.

Disclaimer

Construction of the disclaimers contained herein and the resolution of disputes, thereof, are governed by the laws of the State of California. Any use of this Website shall comply with all State of California laws and regulations, as well as with all federal laws and regulations.

Disclaimer of Liability

Neither POST's Website nor its contributors shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information.

In no event shall the POST Website or its contributors 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, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence, or under any other cause of action.

Disclaimer of Warranties/Accuracy of Data

Although the data on the POST Website 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 POST Website provides 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, and non-infringement of proprietary rights, ARE DISCLAIMED.

Changes may be periodically added to the information herein; these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the publication. If you have obtained information from the POST Website from a source other than the POST Website, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution. Data can also quickly become out-of-date. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of any metadata associated with a file, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The POST Website distributes content sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, 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 Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

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 POST Website, and such reference shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Providing Data

POST may add, change, improve, or update the information on this Website without notice and also reserves its exclusive right in its sole discretion to alter, limit, or discontinue any part of this Website. The use of this Website is at the user's sole risk. POST does not warrant that access to this Website will be uninterrupted or that any material posted on the Website is free from errors, inaccuracies, or omissions. Neither POST, this Website, any entity jointly created by them, each of their affiliates, nor any of their respective employees, agency, third party content providers or licenser, warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error-free.

No Guarantee of Confidentiality or Reliability

POST does not guarantee the confidentiality or reliability of any communications made through this Website. The Internet should not be used to transmit any sensitive or confidential information to POST, as others may intercept the information. Additionally, information transmitted to POST via electronic means to this Website may not be received at all, may not be received or reviewed in a timely manner, or may be received by the wrong party.

POST makes every effort to minimize disruption caused by technical errors. However, we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate.

Disclaimer for Hypertext Links

Neither the POST Website nor its contributors are responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that neither the POST Website nor its contributors is liable for the 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 the POST Website to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Severability

If any portion of these Website Terms and Conditions of Use, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, shall be held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of these Website Terms and Conditions of Use shall not be affected thereby and shall be enforced to the greatest extent permitted by law.