12.37 AM Friday 01 August 2014

101 - The new non-emergency number

The new non-emergency police telephone number 101 is now live in Dorset.


101 - the new non-emergency number. In an emergency always call 999The new 101 non-emergency number is also live across all of the police forces in the south west – and it will be available across all force areas of England and Wales by the end of January 2012.

You should now call 101 to contact the police to report less urgent crime and disorder or to speak to your local officers.


For example, call 101:

  • to give the police information about crime in your area
  • to speak to the police about a general enquiry
  • if your car has been stolen
  • if your property has been damaged
  • if you suspect drug use or dealing in your local area
  • to report a minor traffic accident


Calls to the 101 non-emergency number – from both landlines and mobiles – cost 15 pence per call no matter what time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone.

If you have a speech or hearing impairment, you can textphone 18001 101.

For more information about the 101 non-emergency number, please follow this link >

You can also continue to contact us on 01202 22 22 22 and if you are calling from outside Dorset, please use this number.

In an emergency – when a crime is in progress or life is at risk – you should always dial 999.


New non-emergency number goes live nationwide

Dorset Police is reminding the public that the number to dial to contact the police for non-emergencies is 101 – as the Home Office announces the number is now live nationwide.

The Home Office has today – Wednesday 11 January 2012 – confirmed that every police force in England and Wales is now using 101 as its non-emergency contact number.

Dorset Police, together with its neighbouring forces in the south west region, started using the 101 non-emergency number in September 2011.


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