101 Non-Emergency Number

101 is the new number to contact the police when it’s less urgent than 999. 

The 101 non-emergency number will make it quicker and easier for you to contact the police when you don’t need an emergency response, for example to:

  • speak to your local police officer
  • report a crime that’s already happened, such as a theft or damage to property
  • get crime prevention advice
  • make us aware of any policing issues in your area

101 provides one easy-to-remember number to contact the police wherever you are in Scotland, or elsewhere in the UK.

The 101 non-emergency number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It costs a flat rate of 15p per call from both landline and mobile networks, no matter how long you are on the phone or what time of day it is. 

When you dial 101, the system will determine your location and connect you to the service centre covering your area.

By having one easy to remember number, 101 should make the police more accessible while reducing pressure on the 999 system.

In an emergency always dial 999 - when a life is in danger, a crime is in progress or a suspect is nearby.

UK calls outwith Scotland

UK callers residing outside of Scotland should call 01786 289 070 to contact Police Scotland.

International Contact

International callers should call +44 1786 289 070 to contact Police Scotland.