Legal Policies and Disclaimers

Thank you for visiting a Department of Justice CD-ROM. Provided below are the legal policies and disclaimers for users of this CD-ROM. These policies and disclaimers apply only to the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) CD-ROM. Therefore, once you link to another site, you are subject to the policies of the new site.

Links to Other Web Sites

The information posted on this Community Oriented Policing Services CD-ROM includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. The COPS Office provides these links and pointers solely for your information and convenience. When you select a link to an outside Web site, you are subject to the privacy, copyright, security, and information quality policies of that Web site. The COPS Office:

1. DOES NOT control or guarantee the accuracy, legality, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked Web site;
2. DOES NOT endorse linked Web sites, the views they express, or the products/services they offer;
3. CANNOT authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites;
4. IS NOT responsible for transmissions users receive from linked Web sites;
5. DOES NOT guarantee that outside Web sites comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Links to non-federal government sites will either appear on a page notifying you that the sites are not controlled by the COPS Office, or you will receive an intercepting (redirect) page indicating that you are leaving the Department of Justice CD-ROM when you access such a link.

If you find a link that does not work please e-mail the COPS Webmaster at

Linking to the COPS Web Site

Links to the COPS Office web site are permitted. The use of the COPS Office seals, however, is protected and requires advance written authorization as described below. The fact that a Web site links to the COPS Office site does not indicate that the COPS Office has any responsibility for the content of that site, nor does it constitute an endorsement of that site by the COPS Office.

Copyright Status and Citation

Information generated by the COPS Office is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without the COPS Office’s permission. Citation to the COPS Office as the source of the information is appreciated, as appropriate. The use of any COPS Office seals, however, is protected and requires advance authorization, as described below. With respect to materials generated by entities outside of the COPS Office, permission to copy these materials, if necessary, must be obtained from the original source. For information on materials generated by external entities with COPS Office funding, please refer to individual component policies. This copyright notice only pertains to this COPS Office CD-ROM.

Use of COPS Office and Component Seals, Logos, Other Official Insignia, Names and Initials

COPS Office seals, logos and other official insignia may not be used or reproduced without written permission.  Permission to use or reproduce official insignia of the COPS Office is granted on a case-by-case basis and involves the consideration of many relevant factors, including: the cost or benefit to the COPS Office or the government of granting the request; the unintended appearance of endorsement or authentication by the COPS Office; the potential for misuse; the effect on COPS Office security; the reputability of the use; and the extent of control by the COPS Office over the ultimate use and distribution of any product(s) or publication(s) bearing official insignia of the COPS Office.

The use of the names or initials of the COPS Office is governed by 18 U.S.C. sec. 709, which prohibits their unauthorized use in a manner calculated to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by that component, unless written permission has been received from the head of the respective component.

Information Quality Guidelines

The COPS Office has issued guidelines to help ensure the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of the information it disseminates to the public, including the information provided on this CD-ROM. The Department of Justice’s information quality practices and procedures can be found at: The Department’s information quality guidelines include procedures for requesting corrections of disseminated information. The Department will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention.

Disclaimer of Liability and Endorsement

While the COPS Office strives to make the information on this CD-ROM as timely and accurate as possible, the COPS Office makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this CD-ROM, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this CD-ROM. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this CD-ROM or its links to other Internet resources.

The information appearing on this CD-ROM is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. We urge you to consult with your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing on this CD-ROM or any site to which it may be linked.

At times the COPS Office is required, because of a legal requirement such as the Freedom of Information Act or a court order, to post documents generated by third parties that may contain offensive, defamatory, or misleading or otherwise inappropriate content. The Department disclaims responsibility for the content of these documents.

Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the COPS Office.