call the police

This page is about the collocation call the police

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

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?

Note:
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