Information provided to Staffordshire Police by the users of this website or app will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to third parties unless required by law. Staffordshire Police does not store or capture personal information, unless voluntarily offered (for example, registering for alerts, IP address via feedback forms and emails).
Where the provision of personal data is required to enable us to provide a specific service to the user, the details collected will only be used for the stated purpose. Children under the age of 16 should not submit information without the consent of a parent or carer.
What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny files that your web browser stores on your computer at the request of a website. Cookies have been used on the web since 1994 so they're nothing new and generally nothing to worry about. They store little bits of information to help the website you're visiting to remember something about your visit or a preferences you might have made.
There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. The above describes persistent cookies which remain on your computer after you have left the website for a period of time determined by the site owners. Session cookies are temporary and exist for only as long as you are visiting the site. As soon as you close your browser the session cookies are deleted. To learn more about cookies read the Wikipedia entry.
Why are we telling you this?
EU law requires all websites hosted in the UK or intended for a UK audience to be open and transparent with visitors to make it clear how cookies are used on the site.
Staffordshire Smart Alert may not function as expected without cookies and therefore you should only use this website if you agree to allow cookies to be used. This page provides guidance on how to disable cookies if you so wish.
What if you don't want cookies stored on your computer?
There are a few options available to you in order of practicality:
If you feel the need to disable persistent cookies then keep reading.
How to disable cookies
Please note it is not recommended to completely disable cookies and we cannot provide you with any support if you choose to do so. The information we provide here is done on a voluntary basis so you can make an informed choice.
If you completely disable cookies then many websites won't function as you expect them to. For example, shopping baskets might forget what you put in them or you might get thrown out of a site after logging in. If you really want to disable cookies then consider disabling persistent cookies only and allow session (temporary) cookies to remain enabled. This will increase the likelihood of websites working correctly while still preventing cookies being stored on your hard drive after you've closed your browser.
Each make of web browser has a different way of disabling persistent cookies. It's not possible to maintain a detailed and up to date guide on how to do this as there are so many browsers with so many versions, but we've outlined below how to do this in a few popular browsers. Please note the method does vary between versions of the same browser and any changes you make to your browser's settings is done at your own risk.
Internet Explorer: Go to the tools Tools menu and select Internet Options. Go to the Privacy tab. Click on Advanced and again on "Override automatic cookie handling". Click on Block. Click on "Always allow session cookies" if you want to increase the chance of websites working properly. Click on OK and OK again.
Firefox: Go to the Tools menu and select Options. Click on the Privacy tab and change the History option from "Remember history" to "Use custom settings for history". To temporarily keep cookies for the duration of your session and to have them automatically deleted when you finish, change the option for "Keep until" from "they expire" to "I close Firefox". This will allow most websites to function properly. If you want to completely disable cookies uncheck "Accept cookies from sites", but expect some sites not to behave as expected.