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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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The Policing Pledge is an agreement between the police and the public and is part of a programme of radical reform to change the relationship between the public, police and Government.

It contains clear commitments for all forces and outlines the way any issues should be dealt with. It informs the public of its aim to provide each person access to the same level of support and service when it comes to policing. In turn it gives communities a stronger voice in setting local police priorities. It is a national standard that people can expect from their neighbourhood policing team.

Each police force will produce their own version of the pledge, go to your local police force's website to see their version.

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