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When referring to the State Police, do we use plurals because we're referring to police, or do we use singulars because we're referring to the State Police as a singular unit? So, would we say Illinois State Police were called or Illinois State Police was called? I want to go with making everything plural, but I wanted to check.

#1. The police were contacted/called.
#2. The police department was called.

Are both #1 and #2 correct?

Thanks.
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Hi,

When referring to the State Police, do we use plurals because we're referring to police, or do we use singulars because we're referring to the State Police as a singular unit? So, would we say Illinois State Police were called or Illinois State Police was called? I want to go with making everything plural, yes but I wanted to check.

#1. The police were contacted/called.
#2. The police department was called.

Are both #1 and #2 correct? Yes

Clive
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Clive Hi,When referring to the State Police, do we use plurals because we're referring to police, or do we use singulars because we're referring to the State Police as a singular unit? So, would we say Illinois State Police were called or Illinois State Police was called? I want to go with making everything plural, yes but I wanted to check. #1. The police were contacted/called.#2. The police department was called.Are both #1 and #2 correct? Yes Clive
#2 is incorrect in British English which does not add the word "department" after the word police.