PEOPLE wishing to report minor crime or give information to police now only need to remember three digits.
This week police launched their new non-emergency number, 101, which replaces the 0845 6060606 number.
But officers have urged people to always dial 999 in an emergency.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, in charge of the Operations Support Services Department, said: “Switching to the new non-emergency number will make West Yorkshire Police easier to remember and easier to call.
“All calls to 101 cost just 15p, even from a mobile - no matter how long it lasts for.
“101 will in no way replace the 999 emergency number but will instead complement it – one number for emergencies and one for non-emergency situations.”
The new number was activated yesterday and will be rolled out to all forces in Yorkshire and the Humber before the end of the year.”
A textphone service for deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired people is available on 18001 101.
People who dial 0845 6060606 will hear a recorded message advising them to call 101.