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Privacy Policy

The use and disclosure of personal data is governed in the United Kingdom by the Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act). Under the Act the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police is registered as a data controller. In the rest of this privacy notice, the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police is referred to as we or us.

This privacy notice explains:

  • how we collect, store, use, disclose, retain and destroy personal data through the website at (those activities are also referred to as processing personal data)
  • the steps we take to ensure any personal data we process is protected properly
  • the rights individuals have when we process their personal data

We will treat information you provide to us in using this website treated in confidence and we will not disclose it to third parties unless we are required to do so by law, or as explained in this privacy notice.

We gather information about site usage to help the development and improvement of services to the public, and to protect the integrity of our systems from malicious users. At the moment this information consists of:

  • information obtained by our content management system to examine what people are searching for, what they find, and occasions where no results are returned, and which does not identify individual users
  • statistical information obtained using Google Analytics which does not identify individual users (more information about this is in the 'How do we use cookies?' section of this privacy notice)
  • your IP address, used to identify your location if you use any geo-location features on this website, and which we only use to show you relevant content, and which we do not store or share with third parties

What is personal data?

Personal data is any information we handle that relates to an identified or identifiable natural person. An 'identifiable natural person' is anyone who can be identified, directly or indirectly from information, including by reference to a name, identification number, location data, online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

Our Contact Details and Data Protection Officer

Different units within our Information Governance and Assurance department manage our data protection compliance, how to contact the relevant department in relation to your rights is covered later in this policy.

We take our data protection responsibilities seriously. We take great care to ensure we process your personal data properly to maintain your trust and confidence. You can contact our Data Protection Officer via email or post if you have any questions or concerns about how we process your personal data.


The Data Protection Officer
Staffordshire Police Headquarters
Weston Road
ST18 0YY


Why do we process your personal data?

No personal data which can identify individual users is collected on this website. The data obtained is statistical for analytical purposes.

Whose personal data do we process?

Information is gathered from all Staffordshire Careers website users.

What is our lawful basis for processing personal data?

Where we process personal data for purposes other than the policing purpose our legal basis for processing will vary depending on the circumstances. Ordinarily, the relevant legal basis is that the processing is:

  • necessary for performing a contract
  • necessary to comply with a legal obligation (including employment law)
  • in the public interest or for official purposes
  • necessary to protect your vital interests
  • in our legitimate interests or the interests of a third party

and on occasion

  • with your explicit consent (which you may withdraw at any time).

What security measures do we use when processing your personal data?

We take the security of all personal data under our control seriously. We comply with our legal obligations regarding security, relevant parts of the ISO27001 Information Security Standard, and where appropriate the College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice guidance on Information Assurance.

We ensure that appropriate policy, training, technical and procedural measures are in place, including audit and inspection, to protect our manual and electronic information systems from data loss and misuse. We only permit access when there is a legitimate reason and under strict guidelines on what use may be made of any personal data contained within them. We continuously manage and enhance our compliance with relevant standards and guidance to achieve adequate and up-to-date personal data security.

How do we use cookies?

A 'cookie' is a piece of information stored on your computer which allows web servers to collect information from your visit to this website. It saves a small amount of data to your computer, which the website then uses on repeat visits.

We use cookies on this website to improve user experience and for essential functionality.

We do not use them for identification, monitoring, or profiling purposes. To find out how to reject, delete or update your cookie preferences in your browser you need to know what browser you use and what version of it you are using. Most browsers have guidelines on how to adjust cookie settings through their 'Help' menu.

We use the following cookies on the website for the reasons explained below.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Cookie name Expiration time Purpose
_ga Two years This cookie is used to distinguish users, which helps us count how many people visit our website
_gat Ten minutes Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made

Google Analytics

Cookie name Expiration time Purpose
_utma Two years Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the site or to a certain page
_utmb 30 minutes This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the site
_utmc When you close the browser This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser
_utmz Six months This tells us how you reached the site (eg from another website or a search engine)

If you don't want to send information to Google Analytics, you can use Google's opt-out browser add-on or you can configure your browser to enable you to choose which cookies you allow to be created.

‘Remarketing’ services

We use cookies from the Google Doubleclick and Facebook Pixel services to track activity of website visitors originating from media sources. We use anonymised data from this service to optimise our online advertising activity for recruitment. In certain cases we may use ‘remarketing’ services to target our ads to you based on your prior use of our site when you visit other sites included within an online advertising network. If you do not wish to be tracked in this way, you can opt out via the following:

Google Doubleclick

Facebook Pixel

Session cookies

We use session cookies to enable us to identify requests from the same browser during a limited time window, and provide a way to remember page changes, or item or data selection, for the duration of that session.

Session cookies are essential for the website to operate and are set upon your arrival to the site. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

Site messages

You may see pop-up messages on our site. For example, a pop-up explaining our use of cookies. Once you have seen these messages we store cookies to ensure we do not show you the same message again.

How you can complain

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) regulates the processing of personal data. You can complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have processed your personal data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113

Information Commissioner's Office website

Date of last update and changes

We last updated this privacy notice on 08 December 2020. We keep this privacy policy under regular review and update it if any of the information in it changes.