We are working hard to keep you safe from coronavirus and from crime.


We are still responding to emergency and high-priority calls. But if it's not an emergency or urgent, please use our online services instead of calling us.

What you need to do

To slow the spread of the coronavirus and to allow us to focus on emergencies, please follow the government guidance.

We know that the vast majority of you are following the guidance and we are very grateful to you.

What you can and cannot do

The rules are different depending on which country you are in:

Business and venue closures

Shops selling food, drink, medicines and other supplies are allowed to stay open. Places like cafes, restaurants and pubs are only allowed to open for takeaway.

More information on business closures

What we are doing

We are patrolling and talking to people if we think they are doing something that is against the guidelines.

If there is a problem we want to resolve it by communicating clearly and encouraging people to behave responsibly.

As a last resort we can enforce the coronavirus law by taking people home and by fining them.

More about coronavirus and police powers

Reporting a social distancing violation

You can tell us about a breach of the coronavirus rules online. Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us.

We particularly want you to tell us if you see things like:

  • a large gathering of people from different households, in the park or on the streets
  • a house party with people who don’t live at the house
  • people drinking together at a pub, bar, cafe or restaurant
  • a crowded shop where people are refusing to keep their distance from each other

Advice and information