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police station (plural police stations)

  1. A building serving as the headquarters of a branch of the police force, and sometimes as a temporary place of confinement for offenders.
    Synonyms: (slang) cophouse, (slang) cop shop, (India) kotwali, (dated US slang) Irish clubhouse
    • 1999, Shelley Rigger, “Political reform under Chiang Ching-kuo (1972-1988)”, in Politics in Taiwan: Voting for democracy[1], Routledge, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 115:
      When the ballots were opened on 19 November, Hsu Hsin-liang’s supporters at a polling station in Chungli City suspected fraud. As the crowd swelled to approximately a thousand, rioting erupted. One protester was killed and the Chungli police station was burned.
    • 2014 August 29, Ruzwana Bashir, “The untold story of how a culture of shame perpetuates abuse. I know, I was a victim”, in The Guardian:
      In trying to stop him from exploiting more children, I was ensuring my parents and my siblings would be ostracised. She begged me not to go to the police station.