This website (and associated sites), like many others, uses small files called cookies to help customise your experience and evaluate how you use our website.
A cookie is a small piece of information (in the form of a text file) which is sent from a website server and stored on a user's computer. Cookies are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client's computer. Read a fuller explanation of cookies here (opens new browser window).
The West Midlands Police website uses unobtrusive cookies to store information on your computer. All cookies on this site are not essential however, and the site will work as expected without them. Please see below for a list of all cookies used within the website.
We also use some non-essential third party cookies to anonymously track visitors. NOTE: disabling certain cookies may disable some of the features of this website.
Listed below is the full list of cookies used on our website. Note that if you don’t use all the features of the website (i.e. postcode search, voting buttons etc) then you won’t be subject to these cookies.
The only cookie set without implicit permission is the Google Analytics tracking cookie, which anonymously tracks your visit throughout the website. Usage of the website implies you are happy for us to set this non-essential third party cookie.
Here is a full list of all possible cookies that could be set on your visit:
Postcode search feature contains an option to remember the user’s neighbourhood details. The cookie does not save any of the user’s personal details.
|NH_NAME||Neighbourhood team name|
|SCSScolor||stores location of stylesheet for selected background & colour options|
|CSStext||stores location of selected text size css file|
We use a slightly modified version of the same cookie (with the same functionality) on the Air Ops section of the website. Cookies stored here are:
|AirOps SCSScolor||stores location of stylesheet for selected background & colour options|
|AirOps CSStext||stores location of selected text size css file|
When viewing a press relese, some non-essential third party cookies are stored. These enable you, if logged into a particular social media website, to share the story through that particular channel. These cookies are set by the relevant social website.
Google+ cookies: Generates two cookies when viewing a news release, stores a unique string of value within the cookies.
|PREF||Stores value ID=c3ba07a1ba7ced69:U=f0da36a48bae20b7:TM=1338200954:
Facebook.com cookies: Generates one cookie when viewing a news release, stores a unique string of value within the cookie.
|datr||Facebook tracking cookie to track users across siUZ3DT1tW99zQD_QPXq0WTWHg|
Twitter.com cookies: Generates two cookies when viewing a news release, stores a unique string of value within the cookie.
Users have the ability to vote up or down on particular neighbourhood priorities on each individual neighbourhood webpage. One vote is allowed every 28 days and this information is stored by using a cookie. PID (individual priority ID) and GroupID are stored as cookies to determine which priority the user has voted for.
|GroupID||Id for the current group of submitted priorities|
|PID||Unique id of the individual priority|
We use Google Analytics to anonymously track your visit to the website. Google analytics code placed in a file (google-tracking.asp) is used 109 times throughout the site. The following third party cookies are stored within the user’s browsers:
|_utma||Written to the browser upon first visit to the website by the browser. Contains a unique id. If this is deleted is regenerated|
|_utmb||Used to establish and continue a user session with the website|
|_utmz||This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.|
Remembers the user’s preference for the display status of the cookie information bar. This bar can be found on home page above the latest news section and in the footer of every other page on the site.
|cookieinfo||Stores user’s preference for whether the cookie information bar is visible or hidden.|
If you have any further questions on the usage of cookies on our website please do not hesitate to contact the Digital Services team through our contact form.
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