When to Call the Police: Guidance for Schools and Colleges (February 2020)

Summary: Guidance created by the National Police Chiefs’ Council for schools and colleges in regards to when it is appropriate to involve the Police.



National Police Chiefs’ Council have created, when to call the police: guidance for schools and colleges aimed specifically at staff that work in schools and colleges in England to support decision making process in regards to incidents. It provides guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police. This advice covers the following situations:

  • Assault
  • Criminal damage
  • Cyber crime
  • Drugs
  • Harassment
  • Sexual offences
  • Theft
  • Weapons