The story of the Police begins with the Gordon Sumner (Sting); he grew up in a depressing and drab industrial town in Newcastle, London. Sting grew up wanting to leave Newcastle, because he realized that this wasn't the environment for him. This industrial life was bleak and undesirable, and the only way Sting could escape is with his education, talent, and the motivation to leave his hometown behind. Sting's main aspiration as a teenager was to make music, although, he had never received proper guitar lessons. Then, after several years refining his skills on the guitar at a local jazz club, at twenty years old, Sting decided to pursue a professional career in London. In London, Sting immediately meant Stewart Copeland, a drummer, and Andy Summer, a guitarist, who were scouring club scenes for band members.
In 1976, Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers started their career as the Police. Sting created lyrics that were very literate, and the band's music had a unique sound, due to rhythm and chord work. Stewart Copeland's brother, Miles, who believed in the band, and owned Illegal Records, a small record label, where they recorded a single for him called "Fallout". "Fall Out" sold about 10,000 copies and got them a contract with a major record label, called A & M Records ("Sting"). After their formation, the Police were strongly influenced by reggae and they didn't have any one artist or group that influenced them the most. They were inspired by many bands and forms of music, such as: British punk rock, Jazz, Jamaican reggae, the Beatles, The Sex Pistols, and several more bands ("The Police"). The Police fell under a genre of their own, because of their several influences, but they were commonly categorized as a Reggae, New Wave, post-punk, rock band.