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Dreaming About the Police – What Could It Mean?

Dreaming about police can leave you with positive or negative feelings upon waking up, depending on the context of the dream. While it may seem like an insignificant dream scenario, there’s a lot to be interpreted if you want to unravel its meaning as accurately as possible.  

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Dreaming about police is usually associated with the way you interpret authority in your real life and what you consider an important source of authority and direction. However, there are many different meanings behind it which could easily change depending on the minute details you may have missed.  

In this article, we’ve put together some of the most common dreams about the police, and what they could mean, to help you interpret yours.  

Dreaming about the Police – A General Interpretation

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Many people tend to feel threatened, pursued, or prosecuted by police officers, so to see them in their dreams as well can be stressful. However, this kind of dream is generally connected to the feeling of being threatened or persecuted by people in your waking life. It’s likely you feel that the people around you are somehow negatively impacting your happiness and well-being. 

A good rule of thumb is to start by reassessing the relationships you have with those who might be hurting you. It might help to create a roadmap toward either rehabilitating your relationships with these people or finding other options to ensure that your well-being is maintained. 

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Dreaming about the police is not entirely benevolent, especially when understood from this perspective of a desire for stability. It can easily reflect of lack of stability in life or any sort of a routine which can be a destructive pattern.  

Dreaming about the Police – Common Scenarios 

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1. Dreaming about a Police Officer Who Doesn’t Help You 

If you dream about a police officer who doesn’t do much to help you, it could mean that you feel as though you’re not getting the support you need from the people around you. These people may be a source of authority and support, but when you asked for help, they either refused or avoided you, changing your dynamic.  

This dream can also be a subconscious message to tell you to get a sense of your own authority and regain the control you once had over your waking life.   

2. Dreaming about Being a Police Officer 

If you dreamed of yourself in the role of a police officer, it implies that you have the power and authority to make a change in the world.  It could also mean that you have regained or established control over some aspects of your life and this can be anything from your romantic life to your career.  

This dream scenario could also mean that you’re attempting to establish new rules of behavior in your life or regain control over some aspect of it by changing your behavior and your lifestyle. 

For those that tend to rely a lot on guidance and rules, dreaming about police can actually reflect these everyday desires to have predictability, rules, and safety. 

3. Police Dreams Involving Drugs and Firearms 

If you see yourself being arrested in a dream for possessing drugs or firearms, it could be a sign that you’re currently feeling detached from the problems in your waking life and you may be resorting to substance abuse or becoming addicted to something you know isn’t right for you. If this is the case, the dream could be telling you that it’s time to work on improving your health and making some important lifestyle changes.  

4. Dreaming of Running Away from the Police  

Dreaming about running away from the police represents running away from authority, your own emotions, or that you’re trying to hide some aspects of your personality. A lot of people who feel guilt and are not ready to face their emotions prefer to hide them from others or ignore them.  

This dream scenario most likely means that you’re afraid to face your feelings or that you prefer to ignore certain issues in your waking life. This could be a problem as these issues could become much worse the more you ignore them.  

5. Dreaming of Being Arrested  

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Dreaming of being arrested implies that you feel guilty about something that you have done or are planning to do in your waking life. If it’s something you have already done, it’s likely you don’t know what to do and how to deal with the consequences of your actions. If you haven’t already done it, it could be a sign that you are aware of the consequences, but you may choose to ignore them for now.  

6. Dreaming about a Police Car 

If you see a police car in your dream, it could have several meanings. If the lights are on, it implies that problems are coming your way. A parked police vehicle with the lights off represents your ability to remain calm and collected in the face of danger, which helps you to avoid certain problems.  

7. Dreaming of Falling in Love with a Police Officer  

This dream scenario symbolizes that you’re currently in an extremely stressful situation that makes you feel restless. If you’re married or in a relationship, it could mean that your partner is investing in something risky, causing you to feel stressed. It could also mean that you’re worried about their safety.  

8. Dreaming about Calling the Police  

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Unfortunately, this dream is not a very good one as it’s a warning about the danger that could be threatening you or someone that you love. You or someone who is close to you may come down with an illness that could become quite serious.  

If you dream of someone else calling the police, it could mean that you will offend or humiliate someone intentionally. You may be harboring grudges against someone and want to take revenge on them or perhaps you simply enjoy making them feel uncomfortable.  

If you dream about a group of police officers in a scenario that does not feel pleasant to you, it indicates that you will soon face some difficult issues you may find hard to solve.   

These dreams are more prevalent when you tend to neglect your responsibilities, hide your emotions, or simply ignore the fact that you might be in trouble. Acknowledging these issues might help with the situation. 

9. Dreaming of a Police Shooting 

This dream scenario could be telling you to reassess your actions and life in general. There may be people around you who continue to hurt you and you may not even be aware of it. A police shooting can also be a sign that you subconsciously feel betrayed by people around you or you feel hurt by them and that you tend to neglect yourself. 

Wrapping Up 

Dreaming of police or police officers can make you feel rather negative, depending on the scenario and the various elements of the dream. We’ve only looked at a few of the most common scenarios in this article.  

However, it’s important to remember that even if your dream is similar to the scenarios mentioned above, it could have an entirely different meaning based on even the most insignificant of details. Therefore, it’s important to analyze each detail carefully in order to interpret the dream as accurately as possible.  

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.