Use of Cookies

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.

How to refuse the use of cookies 

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the website.  By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

For further information on what cookies are and how to refuse them, you can visit the following website

Do websites need permission to use cookies?

Yes. The regulations which set our the rules on cookies changed on 26 May 2011. From that date, websites must now get your consent to use cookies. This means that cookies are not permitted unless you agree to them.

Why does Police Scotland use cookies?

Police Scotland want to provide you with the best possible website experience. We use analytics to gather information about how visitors use our website to help us improve its performance and to ensure that the pages you use are delivered quickly by remembering the areas you like to visit.  We also need to use cookies to enable the use of third-party providers such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

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

This website also makes use of services provided by third parties. Below is a brief overview of these parties and links to further reading on how each uses cookies.

Google Analytics

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.

You can get further information on the cookies used by Twitter from their "Twitter Privacy Policy" page.


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.

You can get further information on the cookies used by AddThis from their "Privacy Policy" page


We use Google Translation to allow you to translate our site content into your language. You can find out more about cookies used by Google from their "Privacy Policy".