RCMP NL welcomes social media engagement, asks followers to be mindful when commenting

January 17, 2023
St. John's , Newfoundland and Labrador

News release

RCMP NL welcomes and encourages engagement on our social media channels. We will read comments and participate in discussions when appropriate, keeping in mind that we simply cannot respond to every comment.

We ask that our followers be mindful when commenting, ensuring comments are respectful and relevant to the particular post being commented on. We are increasingly seeing inappropriate comments made on our posts, particularly during police response to an unfolding event. For example, when we post about a road closure due to a serious motor vehicle collision, we see comments speculating who caused the collision or identifying the person(s) who died, which may precede the proper notification of the death of a loved one to a family. No one should ever learn of the passing of a loved one on social media. We are also seeing increased comments of rumours and speculation, sometimes naming individuals, in relation to alleged crimes or ongoing investigations. Please report any information on crime in your area directly to your area police Detachment or to Crimestoppers.

We reserve the right to delete comments and to block a user where there's a pattern of disrespectful or inappropriate comments. You can learn more about how the RCMP interacts on social media platforms here: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/interacting-social-media.


Contact information

Strategic Communications and Media Relations Unit

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