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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.


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.

Ownership Notice

The collection, arrangement, and assembly of materials published on this Website, including text, graphics, logos, icons, databases, and images, are the exclusive property of POST, unless noted otherwise.

Copyright / Trademark Protection

All materials on this Website are protected by United States copyright or trademark laws, unless noted otherwise. This protection includes formal, copyright-registration of POST materials with the United States Copyright Office or the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Infringement of the copyright or trademark protection laws and the provisions expressed in these statements will be pursued in a court of law. 

Permission Is Granted for Personal Use Only

All rights reserved. You are welcome to print or download information on this Website for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided that:

  • All copyright, trademark and other notices contained in POST materials appear on your copy.
  • You agree to abide by all additional copyright notices and restrictions contained in any information accessed through this Website.
  • No modifications are made to any information found on this Website without prior written permission from POST.
  • Textual and multimedia information (sound, image, software, etc.) is accompanied by an acknowledgment of the source, citing the uniform resource locator (URL) of the page (Title of the material, ©POST, URL).

POST Publications Use Policy

California law enforcement or dispatch agencies that participate in the POST Program and POST-certified course presenters are allowed to copy certain POST publications for internal use within their agency/school. The POST publications that are approved for copying for internal use include a written permission statement on the copyright information page of the printed version. The same policy will apply to online versions of POST publications as they become available.

Permission Is Required for Other Uses

You are required to obtain written permission from POST to use information on this Website for any purpose other than your personal, non-commercial use. You are prohibited from reproducing information on this Website for any purpose without prior written permission from POST, except as specifically permitted in the section "Permission Is Granted for Personal Use Only," and in "POST Publications Use Policy."

This means that no portion of the information located on this Website may be reproduced, modified, displayed, or performed in any form, or by any means, without prior written permission from POST. This also means that you may not copy otherwise, republish, lend, modify, distribute, post on servers, transmit, redistribute, display or perform this information, in whole or in part, by any means electronic or mechanical or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or hereafter invented, or send this information to lists (e.g., mailing lists) for commercial purposes or for compensation of any kind. This also means that the POST logo and other trademark items may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not associated with POST, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among the public, or in any manner that disparages or discredits POST.

Permission May Be Required From Other Parties

Some information on this Website may contain references to materials from third parties for which copyright or trademark ownership must be honored. To use any information 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.


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.


User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless, POST, its contributors, any entity jointly created by them, their respective affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of the use of the online service by user or user's account, to the extent permitted under applicable law.

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 is 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.