Privacy Policy, Copyright & Accessibility

MCSO Website Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office website and for reviewing our website privacy policy. This policy addresses Montrose County’s standardized process for access to and for the collection, storage, use, transfer, and security of personally identifiable information that may be obtained through use of Montrose County Sheriff’s Office website. If you have any feedback or comments regarding this privacy policy, please send them to pr@montrosecounty.net.

Personal Information Collected

“Personal information” is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes an individual’s first and last name, residential address, telephone number, or e-mail address.

Montrose County Sheriff’s Office fully supports the protection of individual privacy, and minimizes the collection of personally identifiable information to the least amount of information required to complete a particular transaction. This policy extends to the collection of all personally identifiable information, regardless of the source or the medium.

Montrose County Sheriff’s Office automatically collects some information about your visit to our website. This information may include:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address (an IP address is a numerical identifier assigned to your Internet Service Provider or directly to your computer)
  • type of browser used
  • date and time that you visited the site
  • web pages or services accessed at this site

This data is used to improve the content of our Web services and to help us understand how the public is using these services. This data is not considered personally identifiable information.

If you send an e-mail message to us or use the website’s “Contact Us” function to send us a message during your visit to our site, the following personally identifiable information will be collected:

  • e-mail address used to send the e-mail message
  • contents of the e-mail or “Contact Us” message

We collect this information to ensure we respond appropriately. For example, we may need to address issues you identify, make improvements to our website, or forward your e-mail message to another agency for appropriate action.

It is Montrose County’s policy to collect no personally identifiable information about you unless that information is required to complete a particular transaction. In addition, we collect no personally identifiable information about you unless you voluntarily participate in activities that ask for information. Choosing not to participate in these activities will not affect your ability to use any other features of our website.

Website Privacy Policy – Public Records

The Colorado Open Records Act is applicable to this Website Privacy Policy pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes. Title 24, Article 72, Part 2 of the statute states:

It is declared to be the public policy of this state that all public records shall be open for inspection by any person at reasonable times, except as provided in this part 2 or as otherwise specifically provided by law.

A public record is defined here as:

all writings made, maintained, or kept by the state, any agency, institution, a nonprofit corporation incorporated pursuant to CRS § 23-5-121(2), or political subdivision of the state, or that are described in CRS § 29-1-902, and held by any local-government-financed entity for use in the exercise of functions required or authorized by law or administrative rule or involving receipt or expenditure of public funds.

CRS § 24-72-202 (6).

All information provided by the user becomes public record once provided and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law. Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children online will be treated the same as information provided by an adult and may be subject to public access.

Website Privacy Policy – Security

Montrose County Sheriff’s Office has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, and auditing. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day practices of the entire operating environment as part of a continuing commitment to risk management.

Website Privacy Policy – Disclaimer

The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office website contains links to other websites, including websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. When you link to another website, you leave our site, which means that this Website Privacy Policy will no longer apply. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that website.

Neither Montrose County Sheriff’s Office nor any employee of Montrose County Sheriff’s Office warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office website and neither endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system. Neither Montrose County Sheriff’s Office nor any employee of Montrose County Sheriff’s Office or Montrose County shall be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or obsolete. Any person who or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his, her, or its own risk.

Links to external websites may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, at any time without notice.

Linking to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office website is permitted under limited conditions. If you link to this site, you may not portray any person or subject in a false or misleading light. You must also refrain from creating frames, or using other visual altering tools, around the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office pages. Lastly, you may not imply that Montrose County Sheriff’s Office is endorsing your product, services, content or views. To link to Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, you may only use the web address www.ontrosecountysheriffsoffice.com. All links to this website are subject to Montrose County Sheriff’s Office sole discretion and must be removed immediately upon request by Montrose County Sheriff’s Office or any employee of Montrose County Sheriff’s Office.

Copyright/Trademark

Montrose County Sheriff’s Office reserves all rights to materials on this website including, but not limited to, publications, photographs, and digital files. Montrose County Sheriff’s Office hereby grants users of this website permission to reproduce materials available therein for fair use purposes provided for in federal statutes. Re-use, reproduction, or distribution for commercial purposes is prohibited. Each reproduction of any part of the materials available in this website must contain notice of Montrose County Sheriff’s Office copyright as follows: ©Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. All rights reserved.

Except for these specified uses, no part of the materials available in this website may be copied; downloaded; stored in a retrieval system; further transmitted; or otherwise reproduced, stored, disseminated, transferred, or used, in any form or by any means, except as permitted herein or with Montrose County Sheriff’s Office written consent. Distribution for commercial purposes is prohibited.

Pursuant to Colorado law, Montrose County Sheriff’s Office use and enforcement of such copyright shall not restrict public access to or fair use of such copyright materials under the Colorado Open Records Act, CRS §§ 24-72-101 et seq. Fair use of copyright material includes uses for criticism, comment, news, reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.

The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office logo is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and such trademark is owned by Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office logo may not be used, downloaded or reproduced without written permission.

Accessibility

Accessibility for visitors to the Montrose County web site is very important to us. This site uses accessibility guidelines set by the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C). A primary mission of the W3C has been to maintain the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

For those unfamiliar with accessibility issues pertaining to Web page design, consider that many users may be operating in contexts very different from your own:

  • They may not be able to see, hear, move, or may not be able to process some types of information easily or at all.
  • They may have difficulty reading or comprehending text.
  • They may not have or be able to use a keyboard or mouse.
  • They may have a text-only screen, a small screen, or a slow Internet connection.
  • They may not speak or understand fluently the language in which the document is written.
  • They may be in a situation where their eyes, ears, or hands are busy or interfered with (e.g., driving to work, working in a loud environment, etc.).
  • They may have an early version of a browser, a different browser entirely, a voice browser, or a different operating system.

In an effort to insure access to as many of our residents as possible, we have attempted to meet W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.  We strive to ensure inclusive, accessible content that enables all individuals to engage fully. To request content in alternative formats, please contact the Montrose County Communications Department at pr@montrosecounty.net. We welcome comments on how to improve this website’s accessibility for users with disabilities and for requests for accommodations to any Montrose County Sheriff’s Office services.  Submit Feedback for this website by emailing pr@montrosecounty.net.

 

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