Translation:I reported to the police that I was not there.
Why was ‘I told the police that I was not there’ not accepted? Please could anyone explain, merci
It's accepted now. Just keep in mind that "declarer" is more official than just telling.
...which is why "reported" can work here as well. But English speakers don't generally go around saying "I declared to the police ...." The notion of "déclarer" is to make an assertion, a claim, a statement, a declaration: all very "official" sounding words.