Date published: 04 April 2023 11:32

South Yorkshire Police is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. The following shows how we treat your personal information.

If you contact us via this website, you will automatically supply us with your email address and possibly other personal details. South Yorkshire Police will not store this information or pass it to any other party. Your details will only be retained long enough for us to respond to your query or comment. It will not be held on file or put to any other purpose other than to respond direct to you, following which it will be deleted from our system.

Under no circumstances will we sell, trade, rent or otherwise disclose your personal details to others.

This web site contains links not owned or operated by South Yorkshire Police. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these sites.  For information on the privacy policies of these sites, please refer to their home pages.

Children under 16 years of age should not submit any information to any website without the consent of a parent/carer.

South Yorkshire Police use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. This tool uses 'cookies', small text files which are automatically downloaded on your computer to collect anonymous information. This tracks information such as how visitors get to our website, what pages are being viewed and what Internet Browser is being used.

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

This privacy statement is only valid for South Yorkshire Police's web site at www.southyorks.police.uk. Any links within the site to other sites that are not operated or owned by South Yorkshire Police are not covered.

Use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make website work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Use of Cookies:
Cookie preferencesCookieControlThis cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on www.southyorks.police.uk. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that users preference will be stored in this cookie.
Necessary cookiesARRAffinity ARRAffinitySameSiteThis cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform. It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.
Universal Analytics (Google)_gat
These cookies are used to collect information about how our visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and help us to improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website, where the visitors to the website have come from and the pages they visited. Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data.
These cookies are set by YouTube to keep track of user preferences for videos embedded in sites. It can also determine whether the website visitor is using a new or old version of the YouTube interface. The YSC cookie is used by YouTube to remember user input and associate a user’s actions. This cookie lasts for as long as the user keeps the browser open. CONSENT carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising they may have seen before visiting the website.
translate-pa.googlepis.comNIDThis domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.

How do I change my cookie settings?

If cookies aren’t enabled on your computer, it will mean that your browsing experience on our website may be limited.

You can manage our cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon in the bottom left corner of our the page. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Internet Explorer


Apple Safari

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Legal Responsibilities

The Data Protection Act 2018 gives you the individual (known in the act as the Data Subject) various rights. All staff working in the service have a duty of confidentiality.

A breach of confidentiality or the Data Protection Act 2018 may result in the Force taking disciplinary action.

The service actively implements and regularly audits security measures to ensure your information is safe.

How we use Personal Data

This document explains how South Yorkshire Police obtains, holds, uses and discloses information about people (their personal data), the steps we take to ensure that it is protected, and also describes the rights individuals have in regard to their personal data handled by South Yorkshire Police.

Appropriate Policy document