Emergency calls

In an emergency please telephone 999.

If you are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, a text phone is available on 18000.

You should use these numbers if:

  • A crime is happening right now.
  • Someone is in immediate danger, or there is a risk of serious damage to property.
  • A suspect for a serious crime is nearby.
  • There is a traffic collision involving injury or danger to other road users.

Non-emergency calls

For all other calls to the police in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland please telephone 101.

If you are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, a text phone is available on 18001 101.

You should use these non-emergency numbers to:

  • Report a crime not currently in progress - for example a stolen car, burglary, or damaged property.
  • Report a minor traffic collision.
  • Give information to the police about crime in your area.
  • Speak to the police about a general enquiry.
  • Contact a specific police officer or member of staff.

Calling from abroad

The 101 service is only available if you are dialing from within England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you need to contact the police from elsewhere please use the list of alternative non-emergency numbers.

Online

Many police forces provide online forms and information about alternative contact methods (like text messaging or email) on their individual websites. Please see the complete list of force websites for links.

Other useful phone numbers

Organisation Telephone number
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Anti-terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321
British Transport Police 0800 40 50 40
Victim Supportline 08 08 16 89 111
Action Fraud 0300 123 2040
NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000

Alternative non-emergency telephone numbers

If 101 is not yet available in your area please see the list below for alternative police force non-emergency telephone numbers.

Police force Telephone number From abroad
Avon and Somerset Constabulary 01275 818340+44 1275 818340
Bedfordshire Police 01234 841212+44 1234 841212
British Transport Police 0800 405040-
Cambridgeshire Constabulary 01480 456111+44 1480 456111
Cheshire Constabulary 01244 350000+44 1244 350000
City of London Police 020 7601 2222+44 20 7601 2222
Cleveland Police 01642 326326+44 1642 326326
Cumbria Constabulary 0300 1240111-
Derbyshire Constabulary 0345 1233333-
Devon & Cornwall Police 01392 420320+44 1392 420320
Dorset Police 01202 222222 +44 1202 222222
Durham Constabulary 0345 6060365-
Dyfed Powys Police 01267 222020+44 1267 222020
Essex Police 01245 491491+44 1245 491491
Gloucestershire Constabulary 01452 726920+44 1452 726920
Greater Manchester Police 0161 872 5050+44 161 872 5050
Gwent Police 01633 838111+44 1633 838111
Hampshire Constabulary 01962 841534+44 1962 841534
Hertfordshire Constabulary 01707 354000+44 1707 354000
Humberside Police 01482 597600+44 1482 597600
Kent Police 01622 690690+44 1622 690690
Lancashire Constabulary 01772 614444+44 1772 614444
Leicestershire Police 0116 222 2222+44 116 222 2222
Lincolnshire Police 01522 532222+44 1522 532222
Merseyside Police 0151 709 6010+44 151 709 6010
Metropolitan Police Service 020 7230 1212+44 20 7230 1212
Norfolk Constabulary 01953 424242+44 1953 424242
North Yorkshire Police 01904 618691+44 1904 618691
Northamptonshire Police 03000 111 222-
Northumbria Police 01661 872555+44 1661 872555
North Wales Police 0300 330 0101-
Nottinghamshire Police 0115 967 0999+44 115 967 0999
Police Scotland 01786 289070+44 1786 289070
Police Service of Northern Ireland 028 9065 0222+44 28 9065 0222
South Wales Police 01656 655555+44 1656 655555
South Yorkshire Police 0114 2196905+44 114 2196905
Staffordshire Police 0300 123 4455-
Suffolk Constabulary 01473 613500+44 1473 613500
Surrey Police 01483 571212+44 1483 571212
Sussex Police 01273 475432+44 1273 475432
Thames Valley Police 01865 841148+44 1865 841148
Warwickshire Police 01926 415000+44 1926 415000
West Mercia Police 0300 333 3000-
West Midlands Police 0345 113 5000-
West Yorkshire Police 01924 375 222+44 1924 375 222
Wiltshire Police 01380 735 735+44 1380 735 735