Coronavirus / COVID-19

Police across West Yorkshire are working hard to keep the public safe amid the ongoing threat from the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are continuing to provide all the essential services you expect from us, while supporting the NHS and other organisations to help keep everyone safe.


Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country.

In England :

Coronavirus restrictions - what you can and cannot do*

  • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible)
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, children’s indoor play areas (etc) will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place  
  • Work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Find out more information on the Coronavirus restrictions and what you can and cannot do.

* as of 17th May 2021


Government's Spring Roadmap

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 17th May. However, some restrictions remain in place. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Click here to see what's changed on easing of lockdown, as of 17th May

Click here to see the Government's Spring Roadmap in more detail


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Keeping yourself and others safe

You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against Coronavirus / COVID-19.

You should follow this guidance in full to limit the spread of the virus.


Face coverings

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.



We need your support to help us concentrate our efforts where they are needed most - protecting the vulnerable - so please only call 999 if a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life.

For all other non-emergencies, please report crime online, or share information with us online using our 101 Live Chat facility.

Please help us keep 101 for those who do not have access to the website.


Online contact methods / crime reporting

There are various methods to contact the Police, which can be done from the safety of your own home, including telephone, 101 Live Chat and online reporting.

Our 'report it' section allows you to report minor crimes, hate crime, anti-social behaviour, as well as tracking the progress of a previously reported crime.

Likewise, you can leave a message for an officer, manage lost and found property or a manage a firearms registration.

You can also reach us via the 101 Live Chat facility and there is contact information for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Click here to report a breach of the Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions

Click here to report domestic abuse online

All our contact options can be found at

Also see our Coronavirus 'Ask The Police' Frequently Asked Questions section.


Safe Spaces

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, if you are experiencing domestic abuse you can visit any Boots store and ask to use their consultancy room, where they can provide you information and support. Click here for more information and to find your nearest Boots pharmacy.


Public helpdesks

In line with Government advice around Coronavirus / COVID-19, the majority of West Yorkshire Police's Public Helpdesk facilities remain open for business.

If you need to attend a Public Helpdesk, could we please ask that you observe the 2 metre social distancing rule, wear a face covering / face mask unless exempt, and only attend if absolutely necessary to ensure your safety and that of our staff.

Click here to find more details of the current opening times of your nearest Police station and public helpdesk

Update : 8th January 2021 Leeds Central, Pontefract and Todmorden public helpdesks are temporarily closed.


Other non-essential services

In order to support our front line, there may be some changes to the following non-essential services for the foreseeable future :


Crime prevention

While the current situation is bringing out the best in many of our communities, we may also see a rise in some specific crimes as a result of the measures brought in to combat Coronavirus:


Page last updated 17th May 2021

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