A 'Cookie' is a small file that websites use to assist the web visitor (you) to navigate the site and access its various features. They also provide high level statistics to assist in improving the website experience.
The cookies used on this site do not store or access any information that could be used to identify you personally but are necessary to use the site to its full potential.
How do cookies work?
When you visit a website, cookies are placed on your user device. The cookies store information and send them back to the site you have visited. The cookies can be used to provide a profile of the places you visit on a website such as, what pages you visit and how long you spend on them. A website may use this information to tailor the pages that you see when you visit the site in future.
For further information on what cookies are and how to refuse them, you can visit the following website www.allaboutcookies.org
What cookies does the Police Scotland website use?
The cookies used on this site are detailed below.
Police Scotland Cookies
These are cookies that we specifically set. Currently we use a cookie to allow a visitor to login. If you use this facility and don't check "remember me next time", the cookie is removed when you close your browser. If you do check remember me, the cookie is kept for 1 year (if you don't take any other action to remove this cookie). This cookie has no personal identifiable content.
Third Party Cookies
We use Google Analytics to collect information on how visitors use our site. This allows us to improve our site for your benefit, but the cookies collect anonymous data.
Google Analytics collects demographic information (age and gender) and interests. This is to allow us to improve our content by understanding the audience. An example of anonymous demographic and interest reports can be viewed on the Google Analytics Support site. To disable analytics cookies visit our cookie setting page.
You can get further information on the cookies used by Google Analytics from their "Cookies and Google Analytics" page.
We display content from our various Twitter accounts on our site. If you are not logged into Twitter a guest cookie will be set. If you are logged into Twitter our site will recognise you. These are the standard Twitter cookies set by Twitter.
We use AddThis to make it easy for you to share our content with various forms of social media. You can see this feature at the bottom of each page where it says "Share this page". The cookies set by AddThis allow this to be personalised to suit your favourite forms of social media.