Police Policeman Policewoman

Your sense of what is right and wrong in your personal or social life. It can also refer to your feelings about how you stand in relationship with others, your feelings of ease or guilt for instance. Therefore it might indicate conscience or rules of conduct. But the police can also depict your strength of self discipline in your efforts to transform or grow. As part of this they might link with self-analysis, or the questioning of your motives or actions.

Police are also what we turn to when seeking to solve or help with a problem, to right a wrong, for protection or support. So ask yourself what were you in search of and why.

If you are in the police force it will represent some aspect of your work, or the dream may illustrate a problem you face through your work. See Incubating Dreams

The police do not necessarily represent your innermost or spiritual directions, but only your social or more conscious codes. These, like the country’s laws, can arbitrarily change, and be replaced by other laws or moral codes. The policeman is therefore most often a symbol of outer and social relationships, and how we feel about this. So it can represent behaviour influenced by the need to conform to orthodoxy or uniformity.

The police can also depict a source of help you can depend on in an emergency – or if you have had a bad time with the police, then the power of society to abuse you.

Because as human beings we lost contact with out instinctive knowledge that guided us, we erected religion instead. It was to serve the place of the voice of instinct which had always guided human beings in the past. We split it off from the individual human being and made it a social function. Now society would dictate the direction of the individual.

The external symbol of human instincts – god, the gods – became a means to manipulate individuals. The ability to manipulate – to ‘guide’ humans now their personal guidance was suppressed – led to a new form of human society, the human termite hill, with its hierarchy, and suppressants – i.e. kings, priests, armed guards, police, soldiery, etc.

Calling the police: Very often a sign you are calling out for support or help. In a way these are acknowledgements of our need for love, for caring and protection. But also might indicate our admittance of weakness of spirit.

 Example: My recurring dream – some disaster is happening. I try to contact the police or my husband. Can never contact either. I try ringing 999 again and again and can feel terror, and sometimes dreadful anger or complete panic. I cry, I scream and shout and never get through! Recently I have stopped trying to contact my husband. I managed once to reach him but he said he was too busy and I would have to deal with it myself. I woke in a furious temper with him and kicked him while he was still asleep.

Policeman or woman at ones door: Anxiety about bad news; traditionally a sign of trouble arriving at ones doorstep, or perhaps a confrontation with guilt. It can be request for information.

Policewoman: As general, but more emphasis on moral issues connected with feeling values.

Police Station: Can connect with many things depending on the country you are in. If your dream is connected with collecting mail, giving  identification to a dead person, torture, and alarm connected with police station, taking a criminal to the station, being interrogated, phoning for police, being a hero or heroine with the police, a police person working at the station, judgment or looking down on racial types, then you would need define what the situation was and use something like Settings in Dreams or else Being the Person or Thing

Example: “People being held for questioning in police stations, for example, may be treated humanely, but they get virtually no sensory input,” he says. “If the detention is for short periods of time, I don’t think that’s a problem, but there is talk of extending the period of time for which people can be held on suspicion of terrorist offences. And if people are indeed more suggestible, the longer they are held in isolation, the more that must raise questions about the reliability of their evidence.”

Exactly why people’s brains can be affected so radically by a short spell of isolation is still not fully understood, but Professor Robbins believes that the cells that connect nerve cells and help them to communicate, called dendrites, may lose some of their connectivity if not continually stimulated. There’s certainly evidence of the opposite, that stimulating the brain increases the number of connections. Studies on people with brain injuries have shown that mental stimulation increases the number of dendritic connections that form.

I believe that it is because in general people’s personality or sense if themselves is not founded on a rock but on shifting sand. In other words they depend on being in contact (smartphone use) all time, to not be alone (See Isolation), to be part of a group of friends or family, which you build contact with; or like to be part of a pack or tribe as with football fans or socially way out people.

To be arrested: Can mean something is blocking or interfering with your freedom to make your own decisions or your ability to grow – arrested growth. When investigated one is held back by ones own attitudes or feelings.


Useful Questions and Hints:

What was happening with the dream police?

Where you in trouble, investigated or arrested?

What did they want with me or what where they doing?

See guiltMartial Art of the Mind; Avoid Being Victims


-Alex 2018-03-15 21:40:59

I arrive at my friends house/location and he’s on the phone with technical support. Prior to this, he had spoken to my mother, who had yelled, cursed, and screamed at him. He let me know, and I began to apologize about how harsh she was to him. I felt scared, embarrassed, and responsible. A mixture of emotions that made me apologize for what she said to him. At the house, something was going on. Some sort of underage drinking possibly. Something that could get us in trouble with the law. As the cops came, I left the house and I was walking around the neighborhood and acted cool and calm, as though I wasn’t associated with the people whom the cops already found/were actively searching for. I tried not to be noticed and I made it back to my parents house. The cops were outside still searching. I went into my Moms bedroom room where she was located, and the cops knocked at the door. My Mom turns to me and says “Are you going to answer that?” The police officer at the door was a female. The feeling I had was the anticipation of getting in trouble.

    -Tony Crisp 2018-03-18 9:47:14

    Hi – It is important that you read https://dreamhawk.com/forums/index.php?topic=529.msg1472#msg1472
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practicing what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Alex – In dreams don’t be confused by thinking the friend you dreamt about refers to him. Because when you think about a lover, a friend or a person you know, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they change you and make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

    That applies to your mother also. It seems from that you do not have good associations with your mother. Of course this dream all takes place in your inner life, something many people do not realise the power this has over them. We all have an inner world that is quite distinct from the outer world we encounter with our physical senses. It is the world we meet when we have an emotional reaction, an idea, or close our eyes and live in our fantasies, imagination or dreams. Your inner world is also all your convictions, fears, beliefs and abilities and failings. Mostly people do not recognise they have an inner world because they are so focussed on the outer world, what they call the ‘real world’ – yet it is their inner world that forces them to see the outer world in a particular way. People take the views of the outer world – created by their inner world – as the truth.

    Looking at the inner world your dream describes, it suggests you have a problem with communication, that you feel you have to apologise for who you are; that you live in a neighbourhood in which you are scared of being caught for doing wrong because you anticipate being caught for something.

    But it is all those feelings in you that are trapping you. You are much more than that. I don’t know if it helps, but see https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-you-asked/#StuckIn and https://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/lifes-little-secrets/

      -Alex 2018-03-19 0:41:52


      Thank you once again, for your time and attention. I am grateful for your willingness to respond, provide guidance through this process.

      My rational mind tends to gravitate towards coming to the conclusion that the dream characters are separate from me. I need to go back to your earlier references and work with being the object or person.

        -Tony Crisp 2018-03-19 9:48:22

        Alex – Sometimes it takes some time to learn to really identify with the characters or objects, but it is really worth learning.


-Mariam 2017-10-01 2:36:41

A friend of mine had a dream that him & I were engaged in a sexual encounter. At the end of such encounter there were 2 police officer banging on the door while we were still in bed. In real life I am a female officer. What does that say about his dream?

-Laura Lynne Watson 2017-09-04 13:47:09

I had a dream the other night that I had gotten out of the car, along with my boyfriend, & we were hugging tightly out front of my house but we were naked. After a few minutes I told him we should go in, as I was high & insist want to be seen naked. It was late, most likely 11pm~2am. When we went inside a police officer pulled his car into the driveway but when we went inside it looked like my boyfriends living room. The police office came up to the door & the screen door was closed, but the front door was open. I knew I wasn’t going to get into trouble but when I went to open the door, a hoe that was resting on the front door fell & got stuck in my hair. For some reason I got very scared after this. I was naked throughout the entire dream, as well.

-Joh 2017-04-09 19:23:50

I just woke up from crying in a dream (but was actually crying when I woke) where my dogs were barking so I went to see what the commotion was about and saw somebody pour petrol/gas on my home than light it. I called for help and ran downstairs to find that police were already at my house (male and female), but it was in fact the female officer who had tried to burn my house down!! Another police car pulled up, but that’s when I woke up crying?
I kept asking why as my husband and I had worked so hard for this house and she just laughed and wanted to know the details of my relationship because she could check it??
I’ve never had a dream where someone who is supposed to protect the public, has actually caused harm. It was very quite scary actually. I’m a. It worried about going back to sleep (now I’ve stopped crying) as I have a tendency to pick up where I left off in my dreams. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    -Tony Crisp 2017-04-10 8:37:36

    Hi – I am stopping from answering your posts fully – but will try to give hints; sometimes long ones because I quote from masses I have already put online. Also, I need to take time to update the site – dreamhawk.

    It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Joh – This is an unusual dream. Dreams are created from you thoughts, emotions and fears – and sometimes your core self. As you can see your dream arose from fear and emotions to do with losing something precious – and the most precious thing is yourself.

    I believe the emotions you allow yourself to feel are like a destructive force, a force that really should protect. Please see http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/martial-art-of-the-mind/

    Having watched a person meet the devil in their dream exploration, what they arrived at is very helpful in understanding any feelings about being possessed by the devil. She saw that her lack of self esteem, her self doubts and depression were like an open door that allowed destructive feelings and fears to enter. She also saw that this awareness of evil living in her, along with the attitudes or feelings described, were in part inerited from her recent and ancestral family.

    Once this is understood it is easy to see that other things leaving such a door open are childhood trauma or abuse, and the attitudes and standards we often pick up – rather like infections – from others around us, and our culture. When this ‘devil’ enters us it can lead to self criticism, negative comparisons, the denial of ones own talents and ‘light’, and in bad cases, crime, murder and the infliction of child abuse and trauma. Such feelings, such entrance of foreign and destructive forces, is seen by our unconscious as the devil, demons or even a vampire. They suck away the life force and create illness in our body. Recognising them is very important for our health and person wholeness. This is called a dybbuk in Jewish folklore. Remember that devil is lived spelled backwards, and evil is live backwards. They both suggest the turning of your life force back on itself.

-Dreamer 2016-07-04 18:00:17

I would appreciate help in interpreting these three dream-images.

1) First there was a fire of burning sticks,

2) A police car crashed while chasing someone else down a mountain road.

3) A bucket of water was dumped on the fire, extinguishing it completely.

-Jenny M. 2016-04-23 19:01:08

I had a strange dream (aren’t they all strange though?), where I was in a house, there was a friendly cop that I ‘knew’ in the dream. He wanted me to do ‘something’ (in the dream part of that was blanked out and I could not remember what it was). I didn’t want to do it and he left, but I knew he was coming back. So I was talking to an unseen person in the dream (they were out of my field of vision), and I told them that I’ll just tell the cop that I did what they wanted me to do. The person said, ‘but they’re a cop and they’ll know you’re lying to them”, so I was like yeah, you’re right. Then there was a phone on a table and it was ringing (I ‘knew’ it was the cop who was calling to ask me if I had did this thing (?) yet”, and I wouldn’t answer the phone. I knew he was going to come back soon and was going to hide in the house somewhere, but then realized he would find me. So, I figured I would just go outside by the side door and hide behind the door and he wouldn’t look for me there. Then I looked down and realized I only had my socks on, so I went to the front door to get my shoes on, there was a very large friendly ‘guard dog’ there which I petted, and he was barking at some woman outside the door.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-04-28 10:49:55

    Dear Jenny M. – What your dream reflects is that you rather fool yourself than face yourself and become aware what is going on in your inner world of feelings and desires.
    If you decide to change your mind, you could explore what your inner conflict is about.
    Perhaps you then feel like “answering the phone” and talk to this friendly cop?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dialogue-with-a-dream-character-or-object/
    Or you could enter the dream again while awake and see/feel what happens if you let your inner dog off guard and let “some woman” enter your house (your mind).
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/active-imagination-and-dreams/
    Anna 🙂

      -Jenny M. 2016-08-13 19:19:19

      Hi Anna! Thank you for your interpretation!! 🙂 I wish I knew what it was that I’m trying to avoid in my life….maybe feelings, I’m not sure. For most of my life I would refuse to cry about things like grief. Lately I realized that I actually can’t cry now. It’s the strangest thing….I went off somewhere after a traumatic thing had happened, and I figured that I would just let it all out since I would be alone out of earshot of anyone. And, I discovered I actually can’t have a good cry. I guess that’s another emotion that I’ve forced to shut down. Thank you for your great insight on this! I’m trying to get my significant other to build a pyramid in the correct dimensions and geophysical orientation so I’m hoping that can become a place for greater spiritual help for ? Thank you again!!

        -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-08-16 8:42:08

        Dear Jenny – It may be helpful to explore why you choose to make yourself dependent of your significant other – to build a pyramid – and of the pyramid – to receive greater spiritual help.
        See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/
        Anna 🙂

-cynthia 2013-01-10 8:46:00

I dreamed I was running away from a handsome police man and he caught me. We were enjoying each others conversation and falling inlove. He was very protective of me and made me feel so safe and loved. Very handsome with blonde hair and hot body. I felt so inlove and then woke up 🙁 can anyone tell me what this means please. And also he kept on looking at me in my eyes and made my knees feel weak.

-Dreamer 2012-07-09 6:02:29

I was dreaming I was walking, drunk around the streets and finally arrived to some bar. I was quite drunk and my walk was unstable while people were looking at me disapprovingly.

Then I was looking at some wall. There were name signs (I think all belonged to some authorities) and some strange doorbells. I decided to click the doorbell of the police. Door opened and the female police officer (who was sitting inside) seemed to be quite surprised. I told her I had come to pay some penalty. The police officer asked if I was sure, because I still had time “until Monday” or something like that. I said I was sure.

Then she apparently recognized that I was drunk. She also thought that I was minor and asked if I needed a ride back home. I said “no” and told I’m 24 (which is my real age). She replied: “ok, but are you allowed to be away from home?”. Then she suggested me that I would hang around with her and her colleague (who apparently was a male) a little time: “look, just 5 minutes roller skating in the streets and then we bring you home”. I think I agreed. She was very friendly.

Thank you in advance and sorry for the long explanation this time.

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