After years of discussion the government have finally decided to implement a national police non-emergency telephone number.
They decided that a huge number of 999 calls are not emergency & presumably came to the conclusion that this was because most people who ring 999 to report a non-emergency don;t know the local police number, or more probably, can’t be arsed to look it up.
So some time in the next year you’ll all be able to dial 101 & be connected to your local police force. Don’t try it now, unless you work in Wales, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight or Sheffield, because it only works there currently.
Over the summer other forces will be trialling the number to iron out any problems before it goes live nationally.