Cookies Policy

To help make your experience on this website easier we sometimes place small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or device. These small files are known as ‘cookies’ and are used to collect information about how you browse this website.

What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that are saved to your computer or device when you browse websites. Some cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website, but they can be stored on your computer for different lengths of time depending on what function they perform. Session cookies are temporary and deleted when you leave a website or close your web browser, whereas persistent cookies last for a fixed period of time, defined within the cookie, and allow the website to recognise your device and track repeat visits.

How does the MDP use cookies?

The cookies we use cannot be used to identify you personally and we do not sell any information collected by cookies. We use cookies to improve your experience of our website and to support our recruitment campaigns. Here’s what they help us do:

Please click on the following link if you want to find out more about: How government websites use cookies

Some cookies are set directly by the Ministry of Defence Police. Others are set by third-parties when you visit this website. Third-party cookies may include those set by advertising networks, the partners we use for web analytics (e.g. Google Analytics), and external websites delivering embedded content and videos (e.g. YouTube).

The following cookies are used on our website for producing statistics/analytics and assisting with marketing.


Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect information about how you use this website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users, to help us make improvements and to support recruitment campaigns.

Google Analytics stores information about:

We do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are. Cookie data is shared with Google Analytics who provide analysis and reporting services but we do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data. See more information on Google’s cookie policy here.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name  Purpose  Expires 
_ga  To collect information about how you use our website.  2 years 
_gat  Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made.  When you close your browser 
_gid  This helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before.  1 day 
collect  Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.   1 day 
_utmz  Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.  6 months from set/update 

Google Analytics is also used for the purpose of collating user demographics and interest reporting data whereby Google Analytics collects data about your traffic via Google advertising cookies and identifiers, in addition to data collected through a standard Google Analytics implementation. Further information about how Google uses cookies in advertising and how you can control advertising cookies is provided here.

You Tube

These cookies are set by YouTube when site visitors view videos using the embedded YouTube player.

Name  Purpose  Expires 
LOGIN_INFO  Used by YouTube  2 years 
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE  Lets You Tube count the views of embedded You Tube videos  9 months 
SID  This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time.  2 years 
HSID  Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time  2 years 
demographics  Most likely used for demographic profiling and targeting for advertising  2 years 
APISID  Most likely used for demographic profiling and targeting for advertising  2 years 
GPS  Used by Youtube to register a unique ID on mobile devices to enable geographical GPS location tracking  30 minutes 
SSID  Unknown  2 years 
YSC  YouTube uses this to keep statistics about what videos you have seen from YouTube that are embedded on our website  When you close your browser 
SAPISID  Unknown  2 years 


These cookies are set by Vimeo when site visitors view videos using the embedded Vimeo function.

Name  Purpose  Expires 
Vuid  Collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as which pages have been read   2 years 


These cookies are set by Issuu when site visitors view publications embedded on the website.

Name  Purpose  Expires 
_qca   Collects anonymous data on the user’s visits to the website such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and what pages have been loaded with the purpose of generating reports for optimising the website content.  1 year 



Name  Purpose  Expires 
CacheStorageVersion  Used by Facebook to track visitors across the website and to deliver advertising that is relevant and engaging for the individual user, and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.   persistent 


Name  Purpose  Expires 
iutk  Recognises the user’s device and what Issuu documents have been read.   10 years 

Cookie Settings

You can change your web browser settings to reject new cookies or delete existing cookies. Find out more here:

To learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit:

In addition to managing the cookie settings on this website, you can opt-out of tracking and targeting cookies by following the instructions provided on the appropriate third-party websites.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit: