[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - police=*

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 10 13:13:32 UTC 2019

On Sat, 9 Mar 2019 at 20:51, Jan S <grimpeur78 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm looking forward to your comment!
> See the proposal at
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_Features/Police_facilites

Under "Rendering" you say "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"

In my part of the UK (still running austerity measures) which is largely
rural, the police stations
in smaller towns are not 24/7.  They work office hours.  There is a special
phone on the outside
of the building that contacts the main police station (which around here
can be up to 30 miles

I know you say "usually" but I'd change that to "often."  Around here it's
unusual for these
stations to be 24/7.  You probably also need to mention opening_hours=* as
a tag that
can be used in combination.

You don't discuss what to do when the domestic police are (at least
notionally) part of the
military.  Somebody here brought up the Italian Carabinieri.  And yesterday
I read that the
French Gendarmerie are part of the French military.  In the UK domestic
police are not
part of the military but the Ministry of Defence has various Service Police
forces dealing
with the protection of military bases and the behaviour of military
personnel; it also
has the "Ministry of Defence Police" for dealing with terrorism and
protecting nuclear
plants (I've simplified what they do).

Which of all those get mapped as police and which get mapped as military
will need to be
figured out at some point.  If not on the page for police=* itself then at
least a page documenting
local decisions on such matters.

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