What Are Cookies?

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 Yorkshire Police website uses unobtrusive cookies to store information on your computer. Some cookies on this site are essential however, and the site will not work as expected without them. These cookies are set when you submit an online form or interact with the site by doing something that goes beyond clicking on simple hyperlinks.

We also use some non-essential third party cookies to anonymously track visitors. If you are unhappy with the use of third party cookies please scroll down to read information about the cookies used. NOTE disabling certain cookies may disable some of the features of this website.


Cookies Used by this Website 

Google Analytics

West Yorkshire Police use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. This tool uses cookies to collect anonymous information about the pages you visit and the time you spend on the website. The google analytics cookie also tracks information such as how visitors get to our website, search terms used, the country they are viewing from, how long a visitor stays on a page, and what browser is being used - amongst other things. No personal information is collected or used by this cookie.

If you would prefer to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, then please click here.


YouTube Videos

West Yorkshire Police use embedded YouTube videos on our News and Neighbourhood Policing Team pages, to allow easy sharing of our video content. A cookie is used to collect anonymous information on visitors using this tool. YouTube uses cookies to help maintain the integrity of video statistics, prevent fraud and to improve the site experience, among other things.

If you would prefer to opt out of being tracked by YouTube cookies, then please click here.


AddThis Page Sharing Tool

West Yorkshire Police use the "AddThis" toolbar on our pages to allow easy sharing of our web pages to websites such as Facebook and Twitter. A cookie is used to collect anonymous information on visitors using this tool.

If you would prefer to opt out of being tracked by AddThis across all websites, then please click here.


Google Pixels for Newsquest Paid For Digital Advertising

We have specific tracking cookies installed on nine of our pages within the Police Officer recruitment section.

What do these cookies do?

These cookies track the number of users visiting this website as a direct influence of a paid for digital advertising campaign on a Newsquest website. (eg: a user saw our recruitment advert on a newspaper website then later visited this website independently).


Tracks the number of users who visited the Police Officer recruitment section of our website as a direct influence of the paid for digital advertising campaign (eg: a user saw a recruitment advert on a newspaper website, clicked on the advert, then visited the specific recruitment section).


To retarget users who have visited this website and show them West Yorkshire Police digital adverts when they visit other websites on the internet. 

How does Newsquest use this data?

This data is only used to measure the performance of our digital advertising campaign or to display our Police Officer recruitment adverts to you.

Newsquest do not share this data with any other advertiser but may use it to benchmark and analyse the success of campaigns.

Further information around the use of pixels, data, privacy and cookies can be found here:


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External Websites Links Disclaimer

Please note that by accessing external links you will leave the West Yorkshire Police website. West Yorkshire Police are not responsible for the quality, accuracy or content of external websites.