What is the Police UK? The United Kingdom has separate legal systems organising law enforcement for their own jurisdiction.
POLICE UK: The British legal system grants certain established powers to police forces.
Independent police forces with police officers operate throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
UK law provides authority for police forces and officers to execute their policing policies.
Each regional constabulary has the primary duty of protecting human life and property.
The UK police force should preserve peace. Police should prevent and detect criminal offences in the course of their daily duties.
Each regional service gets further help from UK-wide specialist law enforcement agencies. They include the National Crime Agency and Specialist Operations directorate of the Metropolitan Police.
Call 101 the police non-emergency number to report crimes that are not an emergency. You can also call 101 to give information to the police or to make an enquiry.
POLICE FAQ: Do you need quick and simple answers to some popular police questions? The 'Police FAQ' section lists the most common questions on law enforcement in the United Kingdom.
ASBO: Find out why you can get given antisocial behaviour punishment and how long the penalty lasts. The page also explains what happens to offenders who break the restrictions.
YOUR RIGHTS: If you have been arrested what are your rights and what happens? UK police must follow strict rules if you are being arrested or getting questioned.
YOUR RIGHTS: What happens after being charged with a crime? The page explains the police procedure if you get charged with a crime in the United Kingdom.
POLICE RECORDS: There may be a time when you need to get a copy of your police records. Find out how to ask the police for a copy of the information they hold about you.
YOUR RIGHTS: The police store fingerprints and DNA profile after an arrest, a crime, or a conviction. You can determine whether your biometric data records got recorded on the police database.
COMMON LAW: Breach of the peace is a crime at common law constituted by one or more persons. Causing a breach of the peace means you are acting in a riotous or disorderly manner. Such conduct is often severe enough to cause alarm to ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community and property.
MEGAPHONE LAWS: Is it illegal to use a megaphone in public and can you have a megaphone in your car? This guide aims to clarify the megaphone laws in the United Kingdom.
HOW TO DEAL WITH POLICE OFFICERS: 10 recommendations for handling police encounters and incidents of crime. The guide will help all citizens understand and assert their legal protection in the United Kingdom.
FILMING ON DUTY POLICE: Find out your rights for filming on duty police officers during a stop and search procedure. The guide also highlights the benefits of recording film footage to use as potential evidence.
PCC ROLE: You can contact your local PCC to make a complaint (or suggestion) on how your region gets policed or the police budget. Police and crime commissioners get elected to ensure local police meet the needs of the community.
BECOME A PCC: The year 2020 will see the next PCC elections. You can register as a candidate as we get closer to the election date.
COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR PCC: You can complain to your local police force if you think the PCC has broken the law. A panel refers your case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. You can also contact the IPCC directly.
Telephone: 0300 020 0096
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Some phone calls are FREE in the United Kingdom.
PCSO ROLE: Police Community Support Officers have specific roles and powers. They must wear a uniform clearly marked 'PCSO'. They work with regular police officers and share some of their powers. But, the power of PCSOs can differ between police forces.
A PCSO can give someone a fixed-penalty notice for littering, demand the name and address of someone being anti-social, or take alcohol off a person who is under 18 years old.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? The law states you must pull over your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. But what happens during the police pull over procedure in the United Kingdom?
SPECIAL CONSTABLE: Even though Special Constables have the same powers as police officers, they are volunteers.
POLICE POWERS: UK police officers have the legal authority to stop and question you at any time. Find out your rights on the police powers of search and questioning.
YOUR RIGHTS: What should you do if you have been stopped by police while driving? Find out your rights for the police breath test and other motoring offences.
Police Rules and Policing Regulations Information in the United Kingdom