Whitehall 1212

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For the early 1950s radios show, see Whitehall 1212 (radio show).

Whitehall 1212 was the famous telephone number of Scotland Yard.[1][2] It was introduced in 1934 and was used by the public to contact the London Metropolitan Police information room for both emergency and non-emergency business.[3] With the introduction of the 999 number for emergencies in 1937, Whitehall 1212 (dialled as WHI 1212) remained in use for non-emergencies until the 1960s[1] and the introduction of all-figure numbering. Today the switchboard number for New Scotland Yard is 020 7230 1212, and the last four digits of the telephone number for a number of other Metropolitan police buildings end in 1212.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kisch 2010, p. 48.
  2. ^ "Scotland Yard's main gates provided a background in many police films, and it held the original telephone number Whitehall 1212" (Metropolitan Police 2012a).
  3. ^ Holland 2010.
  4. ^ Metropolitan Police 2012b.