[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - police=*

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Mar 16 22:18:38 UTC 2019

The key “police” is not currently on the list of features that import as a
polygon in osm2pgsql, when mapped as a closed way.

So renderers and other database users that rely on osm2pgsql will need to
add the “police” key to the lua transformations list and reimport the

This is easy for cartographers that make insividual maps, but it’s a major
undertaking for the main OSM servers, which is only done every couple of
years. So it will take some time before any objects tagged “police=station”
without an “amenity” tag could be rendered on the Standard map layer on OSM.

This shouldn’t be a problem for things like warehouses, non-public offices,
vehicle impound facilities etc. But it requires patience for police


On Sun, Mar 17, 2019 at 4:16 AM Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at tutanota.com>

> Mar 16, 2019, 3:08 PM by dieterdreist at gmail.com:
> On 16. Mar 2019, at 13:11, Jan S <grimpeur78 at gmail.com> wrote:
> All other police facilites, that may currently have been tagged
> erroneously as amenity=police would be tagged only as police=*,
> The „problem“ with this approach is that maps who base the presence of
> objects in their renderings on the presence of specific keys will likely
> not happen to find these police=* things in their database.
> Why not? Is it concern about technical difficulties or that they would be
> unaware that
> this tag exists?
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