Police forces were government organisations charged with maintaining law and order. They employed police officers. It was a dangerous job, especially in the United States of America. (TV: Nightvisiting) Female police officers on Earth did not exist until after the 1920s. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)
The Judoon and Atraxi were police forces working throughout Mutter's Spiral, though Earth's planetary development level in the 21st century placed it out of their jurisdiction. (TV: Smith and Jones, The Eleventh Hour, Prisoner of the Judoon) In the 26th century, the term "police" was considered old-fashioned. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks)
Instances of police appearance
A number of policemen, led by Inspector George Duncan Stringer, were assigned to the Crystal Palace in London. They were turned into wasp/human hybrids by Ajeeth, Lady Cornelia Basildon-Stone's servant, but later returned when Basildon-Stone fell to her death. (COMIC: The Crystal Throne)
A lone policeman patrolled the Coal Hill area of London in November 1963. When passing a junkyard owned by I.M. Foreman, he did not notice the presence of a strange, humming police box. (TV: An Unearthly Child)
Thanks to the intervention of the temporarily miniaturised First Doctor and his companions, police, including PC Bert Rowse, were able to arrest corrupt industrialist Forester for the murder of Arnold Farrow in June 1969. (TV: Planet of Giants)
Pursued by the Daleks through time and space, the Doctor's TARDIS materialised in the yard of a police station in Liverpool in 1965, its scanner malfunctioning. After some trouble with the local police, the First Doctor managed to repair the malfunctioning scanner and depart. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)
In July 1966, the First Doctor hung a sign reading OUT OF ORDER on the front of the TARDIS (even though, as Dodo Chaplet would later point out, not even the police could open the door). When a policeman approached the police box, he saw the sign and moved on. (TV: The War Machines)
Also in July 1966, a policeman spotted the Second Doctor and his companions on a runway at Gatwick Airport and chased after them. When they scattered, the policeman went after Ben. (TV: The Faceless Ones)
Two policemen in a police car were attacked by the spacesuited alien ambassadors outside the isotope factory while trying to prevent them and Reegan from stealing radioactive isotopes. (It is unclear as to whether one or both officers survived.) (TV: The Ambassadors of Death)
In 1979, the police were present at the Louvre in Paris investigating the theft of the Mona Lisa. The Fourth Doctor managed to somehow slip past the cordon and into the building, where he asked the Louvre guide if she had seen two people (Romana II and Duggan) last night trying to stop the painting from being stolen. However, the guide was unable to help. (TV: City of Death)
A policeman was using the police box in a lay-by on the Barnet Bypass when he was suddenly dragged inside and killed by the Master, whose TARDIS had materialised around the police box. (TV: Logopolis)
On 31 December 1999, the Eighth Doctor stole a motorbike from a policeman in order to reach the beryllium atomic clock at the Institute for Technological Advancement and Research in San Francisco. (TV: Doctor Who)
The Law Machines were commissioned by Torchwood London to act as policemen on every corner of every street. However, due to their connection to the War Machines they were taken over by WOTAN and later destroyed. (AUDIO: The Law Machines)
In March 2006, the police were interviewing Rose Tyler and the Ninth Doctor when Rose had disappeared for a year (but only a few days from her perspective). In the interim, Mickey had been questioned multiple times for murder. Following the London UFO crash, police reinforcements were drafted in from across the country to control widespread panic, looting and civil disturbance. (TV: Aliens of London) Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen disguised himself as police officer Strickland, in order to get close enough to kill anyone associated with the Doctor. (TV: Aliens of London/World War Three)
Gwen Cooper, before she worked for Torchwood Three, had been a police officer, along with most of her friends. Shortly before Gwen joined Torchwood, she and Andy Davidson looked into John Tucker's murder and were involved with stopping a fight at a pub. (TV: Everything Changes)
Kathy Swanson's team investigated Max Tresilian's murder of Mark and Sarah Brisco and Alex Arwyn. Her team later helped Torchwood find the right code to break the Torchwood Hub's lockdown. (TV: They Keep Killing Suzie)
In 2008, Sarah Jane Smith was arrested for the kidnapping of "Ashley Stafford" (who Mr Smith had faked evidence to make him appear as the son of Jay and Heidi Stafford). Sarah Jane's connections with UNIT had her quickly released. (TV: The Lost Boy)
Police were called to the crime scene when two burglars robbed Beth Halloran and Mike Lyndon. When they arrived, Beth had unknowingly stabbed one of them and pushed another out of her flat. (TV: Sleeper)
On Easter 2009, DI McMillan was on the case for arresting Lady Christina de Souza for robbery. The Tenth Doctor pretended to arrest himself inside a police box for allowing her escape. (TV: Planet of the Dead)
During the Hyperion invasion of Britain in summer 2015, the police attempted to oppose them but were killed as the invaders "[burnt] through" them, transforming them into the Scorched. (COMIC: The Hyperion Empire)
In 2020, Lin, enthralled by the Reconnaissance Dalek, murdered two police officers and claimed their car and outfits. (TV: Resolution) Following the Dalek's defeat, its casing was reverse engineered into the Defence Drones who were intended to serve as, among other things, assistants to the police force. (TV: Revolution of the Daleks)
In 5,000,000,023, The New New York Police Department arrested the Sisters of Plenitude after the NNYPD were alerted of experimenting on "the flesh". (TV: New Earth) In 5,000,000,029, the department, and all police authority on New Earth, were consumed by the Bliss virus. (TV: Gridlock)
The police force of the United Kingdom was often accused of police brutality and racial profiling, with Colin Colchester-Price being frequently pulled over in his car whilst St John Colchester never was. Detective Inspector Pete Bunton killed Farooq Sadiki in what was believed to be a racially-motivated crime rather than the raid-gone-wrong that the police claimed it was. Lives Not Bullets was a group that existed to speak out against police wrongdoing. (AUDIO: The Empty Hand)
In the year 2020, George Floyd was killed in an act of police brutality. When footage of this spread across social media, it sparked widespread protests against the police in the United Kingdom and United States of America. (PROSE: 8.46)
Behind the scenes
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
- In Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., a film not considered a valid source by this wiki, Tom Campbell was a Special Constable from London who witnessed and was attacked during a robbery at a jeweller's shop, and burst into Dr. Who's TARDIS after mistaking it for a genuine police box.
- The policeman seen at the beginning of An Unearthly Child has the distinction of being the very first character to appear on Doctor Who.
- A policeman, played by Bill McGuirk, was to have appeared in Terror of the Autons, but these scenes were cut prior to broadcast, though McGuirk was still credited on-screen.