Hope someone can help with this question.
The police (was , were) desperate to capture the outlaw who had outwitted them several times and made them look foolish.
Should the answer be 'was' or 'were' ?
The answer would be "were."
police - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
! Police is a plural noun. Do not say 'a police'. Say a police officer, a policeman, or a policewoman: The police were called. | A police officer came.