[Tagging] amenity=police

Jan S grimpeur78 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 11:59:17 UTC 2019

Am Di., 5. März 2019 um 12:46 Uhr schrieb Mateusz Konieczny <
matkoniecz at tutanota.com>:

> Mar 5, 2019, 12:17 PM by grimpeur78 at gmail.com:
> I would hence suggest to introduce a new tag "police" with keys like
> "station", "administration", "criminal police", "barracks", "range",
> "naval_base" (for river police or coast guard), etc. The type of police
> could then be tagged as "operator=*"
> "police=station" should be defined as comprising all police stations of
> the lowest level, where you can turn to in case of an emergency, no matter
> whether the operating entity is formally a civil or a military one. Other
> areas or buildings, like barracks, ranges, administrative units etc. could
> then be tagged as "police=*" or "military=*", according to the
> classification of the operating force.
> Any thoughts on this?
> I would tag office with internal police administration with some office=*
> tag, without amenity=police
> We should not tag Tesco headquarters as shop, we should not tag government
> office
> maintaining canals as waterway=canal and we should not tag government
> office
> managing police as amenity=police
> Similarly, police laboratory, range, barracks, academy, warehouse should
> also should not be
> tagged amenity=police.
> But police tag makes sense, just do not require or request to always add
> also amenity=police.
> I would keep amenity=police to public-facing police places.
> To values of police tag - there is also municipal police (in Poland called
> "Straż Miejska"
> that is usually mostly handling illegally parked vehicles and minor
> disturbances like
> drunk people).
> So also police=municipal?
> BTW, I would not mix police type (municipal, state, military, etc) with
> object type (naval_base,
> administration, barracks, range) in one key.
> Thanks for commenting!

Maybe my post was confusing.

I imagined that all public-facing police stations be tagged as:

operator=(Bundespolizei/Straż Miejska etc.)

Police barracks would then be

And an administrative building could be


As amenity=police is currently being used indiscriminately for almost all
police-related facilities, we would have to review all police buildings
manually anyways to differentiate police stations and other units. In the
long run, I would therefore get rid of amenity=police altogether (and thus
decongestionate the "amenity"-tag a bit).

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