English for Police

These pages from our English for Work series cover language needed by police officers in an English-speaking context.

police carAs a police officer you have one of the most important jobs in the world: to serve and protect the people. While you are fighting crime and handling emergencies you probably come across many English speakers. Some may commit crimes, while others may be victims of crime. In both cases, you need to ask and answer questions in English. Your job may also require you to speak to English witnesses. Time can be a key factor in solving a crime or saving a life. You cannot always wait for an interpreter. These pages will help you learn vocabulary and phrases that will be useful when you encounter English speakers. Do the exercises and take the quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding.

In English the word police is a collective noun. We usually treat it as plural and say, for example: The police are coming. The words policeman or policewoman can be singular or plural, for example: The policeman is asking questions. Three policewomen are coming.