Cookies are used on this website to improve user experience and for essential functionality; they are not used for identification purposes.

We use the following cookies on the website for the reasons explained below.

Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager

These cookies help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and provide us with a better understanding of how our customers use it.   

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:         

Universal Analytics
Cookie nameExpiration timePurpose
_gaTwo yearsThis cookie is used to distinguish users, which helps us count how many people visit our website
_gatTen minutesUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are made
Google Analytics
Cookie nameExpiration timePurpose
_utmaTwo yearsLike _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the site or to a certain page
_utmb30 minutesThis works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the site
_utmcWhen you close browserThis works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser
_utmzSix monthsThis tells us how you reached the site (eg from another website or a search engine)

If you don’t want to send information to Google Analytics, an opt-out browser add-on is also available or you can configure your browser to enable you to choose which, if any, cookies are allowed to be created.

Session cookies

Our site makes use of session cookies to enable us to identify requests from the same browser during a limited time window, and provides a way to remember page changes, item or data selection for the duration of that session.

Session cookies are essential for the website to operate and are set upon your arrival to the site. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

Site messages

You may see pop-up messages on our site.  For example, a pop-up explaining our use of cookies on this site. Once you have seen these messages we store cookies to ensure we do not show you the same message again.

Managing cookies

The cookies we use will be sent to your browser and stored in the cookies directory on your computer.

To find out how to reject, delete or update your cookie preferences in your browser you need to know what browser you use and what version of it you’re using. Most browsers have guidelines on how to adjust cookie settings, use the ‘Help’ menu to find out this information.

You can learn more about managing cookies at About Cookies.

This privacy and cookie usage statement applies to If you would like further information about website privacy and how we use cookies, please contact Thames Valley Police as our host Police Service.