Need the police? Dial 101 any time it isn’t 999
101 makes it quicker and easier to contact the police when you don't need an emergency response
•if you’ve had a minor traffic accident
•if your property has been vandalised
•if your car has been stolen
•if you suspect drug dealing
•if you’ve witnessed a crime
•if you’ve seen a missing person
•if you need crime prevention advice
•if you want to speak to a local police officer
101 replaces all local police station numbers with one easy-to-remember number, which you can use to contact police anywhere in the country. Existing local phone numbers will be phased out gradually.
101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It costs a flat rate of 15p per call from landline and mobile networks, no matter what time of day or how long you are on the phone.
When you dial 101, the system will work out your location and connect you to the service centre covering your area.
Using 101 should make the police more accessible while reducing pressure on the 999 system.
Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers can access the service via TextRelay on 1 800 1 101.
In an emergency always dial 999 - when someone is in danger, a crime is in progress or a suspect is nearby
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