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A police station is a facility where police officers patrol from and that is a first point of contact for civilians. Edit or translate this description.
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Status: de facto


A police station is a place that serves as a primary point of contact for the public, i.e. public-facing police facilities.

Other police facilities which do not provide direct services to the public are tagged with the police=* instead of amenity=police. For example, police=barracks is used for police barracks.

How to Map

Set a node or draw as an area along the object outline. Tag it with amenity=police and name=*.

Tags to use in combination


See also

By country

In France

In France , there are many types of police:

  • Military and National: Gendarmerie nationale, military force attached to the state
  • Police nationale, civil force attached to the state
  • Civil and territorial: municipal police); Rural police (country guards), civil force attached to communes (territorial officials)

An Osmose analysis is available to enhance OSM data with some official open datasets : https://osmose.openstreetmap.fr/en/errors?item=8190

Gendarmerie nationale

Since October 2018, an open dataset published on data.gouv.fr allows us to get most of the useful information: https://www.data.gouv.fr/fr/datasets/liste-des-unites-de-gendarmerie-accueillant-du-public-comprenant-leur-geolocalisation-et-leurs-horaires-douverture/

The website service-public allows to complete some tags too.

a large brigade of Gendarmerie in France; https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/48.53333/7.50663


The other structures of the national Gendarmerie are located on this project page: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/France/Gendarmerie_nationale

Police nationale

An open dataset published on data.gouv.fr allows us to get most of the useful information: https://www.data.gouv.fr/fr/datasets/liste-des-services-de-police-accueillant-du-public-avec-geolocalisation/

The website service-public allows to complete some tags too.

Municipal & Rural Police


We could equate customs with police when it is a tax administration. It has extensive police powers but limited to the finding of certain offences:

In Italy

The Italian version of this page prescribes to use