Cookie Policy

JoinPSNI.co.uk Cookie Policy

Last revised: October 2021

This Website uses cookies to improve the user experience and ensure that it is functioning effectively, and on occasion also to provide marketing information or advertise online, either directly or through third party vendors.

This Cookie Notice is part of our Privacy Statement. For more information about us, and how we protect visitor information we would encourage you to consider that Privacy Statement in detail.

In order to provide you with a more personalised and responsive service we need to remember and store information about how you use this Website. This is done using small text files called cookies. Cookies contain small amounts of information and are downloaded to your computer or other device by a server for this Website. Your web browser then sends these cookies back to this Website on each subsequent visit so that it can recognise you and remember things like your user preferences. 

You can find more detailed information about cookies and how they work at https://www.aboutcookies.org/.

Whenever you use this Website, information may be collected through the use of cookies and other technologies. 

By using this Website you agree to our use of cookies as described in this Cookie Notice.


What cookies do we use and why?

Some of the cookies we use are necessary to enable you to move around the Website and use its features.

We also use functional cookies to record information about the choices you have made and to allow us to tailor the site to our users. This information is usually anonymised and is not used for any other purpose.

We or our service providers also use analytic services to help us understand how effective our content is, what interests our users have, and to improve how this Website works. 

In addition, we use tracking pixels to count visitor numbers and performance cookies to track how many individual users access this Website and how often. This information is used for statistical purposes only and it is not our intention to use such information to personally identify any user. However, if you are requested to register and then sign into this Website we may combine this information with information from our web analytic services and cookies to analyse how you use this Website in more detail.

This site may, with your permission, also use targeted cookies which are cookies used to deliver advertising or marketing material relevant to your interests. They may also be used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. They remember that you have visited a website and this information may be shared with other organisations such as advertisers.


JoinPSNI.co.uk Cookie List:

(Cookie Type and their Purpose)

  • AWSALB / AWSALBCORS Registers which server-cluster is serving the visitor. This is used in context with load balancing, in order to optimize user experience.
  • XSRF-TOKEN Ensures visitor browsing-security by preventing cross-site request forgery. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and visitor.
  • psni_session a unique ID assigned to each visitor on the website for session verification purposes.  
  • _Registers  a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
  • cookieconsent_status tracks the behaviour of users who opt in/out of the cookie consent pop-up.
  • _gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
  • _ga / _gid Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
  • collect Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
  • c_usr / _fbp / fr / datr / presence / sb / spin / xs Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.
  • _abck / ttwid / tt_webid / tt_webid_v2 Used by TikTok to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
  • _gcl_au Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertising efficiency across websites using their services.
  • _scid Sets a unique ID for the visitor, that allows third party advertisers to target the visitor with relevant advertisement.  This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitates real-time bidding for advertisers.
  • ads/ga-audiences Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitors online behaviour across websites.
  • GPS  Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location. 
  • IDE Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
  • sc_at /X-AB  Used by Snapchat to implement advertisement content on the website.  The cookie detects the efficiency of the ads and collects visitor data for further visitor segmentation.
  • test_cookie Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.
  • VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Tries to estimate the users' band width on pages with integrated YouTube videos.
  • YSC  Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
  • yt-remote-cast-installed Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.
  • yt-remote-connected-devices Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.
  • yt-remote-device-id Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.
  • yt-remote-fast-check-period Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.
  • yt-remote-session-app Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.
  • yt-remote-session-name Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Please contact us by emailing info@joinpsni.co.uk if you would like more detailed information on the cookies we use.


How to control cookies

By using this Website you agree that we can place cookies on your computer or device as explained above. However, you can control and manage cookies in various ways. Please bear in mind that removing or blocking cookies can impact on your user experience and parts of this Website may no longer be fully accessible.


Browser controls

Most browsers will allow you to see what cookies you have and delete them on an individual basis or block cookies from particular or all websites. Be aware that any preference you have set will be lost if you delete all cookies, including your preference to opt-out from cookies as this itself requires an opt-out cookie to have been set. For more information on how to modify your browser settings to block or filter cookies, see https://www.aboutcookies.org/ or http://www.cookiecentral.com/faq/.


Managing Analytics cookies

You can opt-out of having your anonymised browsing activity within websites recorded by analytics cookies. We use the following service providers and you can learn more about their privacy policies and how to opt-out of their cookies by clicking on following links:

Google Analytics: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html


Managing Local Shared Objects or Flash Cookies

A local shared object or flash cookie is like most other browser cookies except that it can store additional types of information. These cookies cannot be controlled using the mechanisms mentioned above. Some parts of this Website may use these types of cookies to store user preferences for media player functionality and without them some video content may not play properly. These cookies can be controlled manually by visiting the Adobe website:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html


Social buttons

We may use ‘social buttons’ to enable our users to share or bookmark web pages. These are buttons for third party social media sites and these sites may log information about your activities on the Internet including on this Website. Please review the respective terms of use and privacy policies of these sites to understand exactly how they use your information and to find out how to opt-out, or delete, such information.


External web services

We sometimes use external web services on this Website to display content within the web pages of this Website, for example to display images, show videos or run polls. As with the social buttons, we cannot prevent these sites, or external domains, from collecting information on your use of this embedded content.


Email Communications

Police Officer Recruitment - We may also use tracking technologies to determine whether you have read, clicked on, or forwarded certain email communications we send to you so that we can make our communications more helpful and interesting. If you do not wish us to confirm whether you have opened, clicked on or forwarded our communications, you will need to unsubscribe, as it is not possible for us to send these emails without tracking enabled. Registered subscribers (i.e. Police Officer applicants to PSNI or those who have subscribed to our mailing lists) can update their communication preferences at any time by contacting us, or you can unsubscribe following the instructions in the individual email communications you receive from us.

Police Staff Recruitment - We may also use tracking technologies to determine whether you have read, clicked on, or forwarded certain email communications Police Staff Recruitment send to you. 


Updates to this Cookie Notice 

We may modify or amend this Cookie Notice from time to time at our discretion. When we make changes to this notice, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page, and such modified or amended Cookie Notice shall be effective as to you and your information as of that revision date. 

We encourage you to periodically review this Cookie Notice to be informed about how we are using cookies.