2. Ask the Police


'Ask the Police' is a website which provides answers to most frequently asked policing questions.

It offers an alternative online option, reducing calls to the police and helping you find the answer to a query quickly and easily. The website provides:

  • links to relevant national organisations
  • information on a range of policing topics
  • the facility to rate the answer
  • the facility to email a specific question directly which will be answered within 24 hours.

If you are unsure whether to call the police and it isn’t an emergency, please check the Ask the Police website before calling us – you may find your answer there.

The 'Ask the Police' website was created by the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) as a result of a thematic inspection of call handling within the police service by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).