[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - police=*

Jan S grimpeur78 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 10 09:50:48 UTC 2019

Am So., 10. März 2019 um 04:09 Uhr schrieb Graeme Fitzpatrick <
graemefitz1 at gmail.com>:

> Good start Jan.

> A first few thoughts.
> police=naval_base sounds very dramatic & possibly a bit over the top?
> Having said that, none of the other common options seem quite right either
> eg mooring / dock / boatyard / marina? Maybe police=marine_operations /
> maritime?

Indeed naval_base might be a bit much. But I just wanted to copy the
military scheme as far as possible, without inventing new keys, because
marina somehow wouldn't seem fitting either. Marine_operations or maritime
sound good, but they wouldn't be fitting for river police, would they?
Police=water might be an option, though, albeit it's ambiguous, also (a
police to control water quality?).

> police=prison. Are you aware of the existing amenity=prison?
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dprison
> I am aware of it. My thought was to have all police facilities under one
tag. Prisons are generally not run by the police, but specialized services.
Still, there are police prisons that are separate from police stations.
Here in Frankfurt, there used to be a proper police prison in its own
building (https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/1591630307). It's out of use
today, though, but I imagine that the concept might still exist in other

Such areas shall be tagged as landuse
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:landuse>=police
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag:landuse%3Dpolice&action=edit&redlink=1>
>> .
> Nice idea! Maybe rendered as blue stripes, where =military is pink (which
> has always struck me as a bit strange! :-))
>> Typical police stations, i.e. places where one can get in contact with
>> the police usually 24/7, should be rendered different from other police
>> facilites.
> I would suggest possibly only rendering the actual "Police stations",
> using the existing policeman icon? Everything else, possibly just tagged as
> building=yes + name=Police holding yard, so that the only "Police" icons
> you see are the Police stations that you need to visit?

>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Key:police:name&action=edit&redlink=1>
>> =* shall be used to tag the denomination of police running the specific
>> facility
> As Warin mentioned above, just use the existing name= & operator= tags eg
> name=Palm Beach Police Station
> operator=Queensland Police Service
> name=Gold Coast Water Police
> operator=Queensland Police Service
> name=Gold Coast Aviation Operations Centre
> operator=Australian Federal Police
> would certainly seem to work in most of our contexts - would this format
> work worldwide, especially in European countries that seem to have myriad
> Police Forces?
There's a lot of police forces here, indeed. Operator would be a good
option to hold the name of the police force operating the facility, just in
the sense you've mentioned. I've adapted my proposal already!

>  Btw: It's my first shot, so please be gentle with me.
> Nerve-wracking, isn't it? :-)
No, for the moment it's enticing :)
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