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I am aware that we alway treat the police as singular when we refer to it as social instutution. But what about if are refering to police as a group of people who are policemen? For example:

There is/are a lot of police around the crime.

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The police were informed about the matter. It is a collective noun like "cattle" and takes a plural verb.

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  • "La police vous parle" - song by Mickey 3d (not relevant really). Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 13:53

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