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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. Show/edit corresponding data item.
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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

In Spain

In Spain, there are many types of police:

  • National: Guardia Civil and Cuerpo Nacional de Policía.
  • Regional: There are different types of regional police, there are those that depend on the National Police Corps and those that are totally autonomous, such as the Mossos d'Esquadra in Catalonia, Policia Foral de Navarra in Navarre, Ertzaintza in the Basque Country and General Police Force in the Canary Islands.
  • Local: Each town of more than 5000 habitants has his own local police that depend on the local government.

Guardia Civil

Counterpart of the Carabineri in Italia and Gendarmerie in France.

Cuerpo Nacional de Policía

Mossos d'Esquadra

Policía Foral de Navarra


Cuerpo General de Policía Canaria

Policía Local

Generally is called Policía Local but may change depending on the region or city you are, in Sabadell, Madrid and Valladolid are Policía Municipal, in Barcelona is Guàrdia Urbana and in the Basque Country is Udaltzaingoa in Euskera.

For more information see [W] Fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad (España)