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A 'Cookie' is a small file that websites use to assist the web visitor (you) to navigate the site and access it's 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 out 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 the Scottish Police Authority use cookies?

The Scottish Police Authority 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 it's performance and to ensure that the pages you use are delivered quickly by remembering the areas you like to visit.

What cookies does the Scottish Police Authority website use?

The cookies used on this site are detailed below.

Third Party Cookies

This website 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.

You can get further information on the cookies used by Google Analytics from their "Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites" 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".