call the police

This page is about the collocation call the police

collocation pattern: verb + noun


to telephone the police, esp. in an emergency

For example

  • When I realised we'd been robbed, I called the police.

  • Why didn't the neighbours call the police when they heard her screams?

Related collocations include "call emergency services", "call an ambulance", "call the fire brigade" and "call the fire department"

Quick Quiz

I couldn't call the police because

a. I didn't know their names

b. my phone wasn't working

c. my voice isn't loud enough

Contributor: Matt Errey