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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = police
Met Police Blue Lamp.jpg
A police station is a building which police officers patrol from Edit
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Group: Amenities
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Useful combination
Status: in use

A police station is a building where police officers and other staff work and are dispatched from, and where suspects and evidence are collected and processed.

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

  • operator=* - the operator of this police station
  • opening_hours=* - hours of opening
  • addr=* - the address
  • phone=* - phone number of this police station
  • email=* - the address e-mail of this police station
  • website=* - URL of this police station
  • wheelchair=no/yes/limited - suitable for wheelchairs


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


Mountain platoons:

Information and Recruitment Centres:

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: