Health and personal security


Police protection in the UK

The sight of a traditional bobby (an affectionate term for a policeman) walking the streets is still a common occurrence and police patrol cars frequently navigate towns and cities. There are police stations across cities, towns and villages that you can go to should you need to.   

Unlike in many other countries, the police force in Britain does not carry guns but there are specially trained Firearms Officers.

If you are lost, ask a policeman or woman – they are courteous, approachable and helpful. Traffic wardens may also be able to help you with directions. If you have been the victim of a robbery or an assault, contact the police by dialling 999 or 101 for non-emergencies. All Britain's major cities have police community support officers, who patrol the city streets working alongside the police. They are able to deal with anti-social behaviour, can offer advice on crime prevention and can also help you with directions and information.