For buildings of the same name in other Tropico games, see Police Station.
Police Stations are workplaces for policemen, which can arrest Tropicans at the request of El Presidente, incarcerating them at a Prison; or patrol the streets keeping the citizens in line which reduces crime.
- Normal Training: "Policemen gain experience at normal rates."
- Special Ops Training: "Policemen gain experience faster, but their job quality drops by 15%."(-9 Job Quality)
The Station comes with some junk(boxes) and décor(flag/benches); the net effect is neutral for beauty. Trash and trash-cans between benches may appear.
- "Safety is one of the primary concerns for every tourist. After all, no one likes to end up mugged in a dark alley. When you expand your island paradise, be sure to build some Police Stations in crowded, shady areas around Tenements, Factories and Night Clubs."
- "Your police officers will raise crime safety in the area."
Place near Crime trouble spots; the Dock being a good example then surround it with Tenements and entertainment buildings that may become crime magnets. The Station will crush crime in a ~50 foot area, reduce most crime out to ~100feet, having some effect out to ~150 feet, and maybe a tiny noticeable effect out to 200 feet, with perhaps 300 feet being the limit of its range.
1 Policeman employed is enough to gain the crime fighting area of effect. A second is advised to ensure a worker shortage doesn't cause problems, more policemen are helpful if you are arresting citizens. Policemen will patrol the road network immediately after arriving for their duty shift, if connected to a road. When not connected to a road they may simply end their shift and proceed to their next want/task based on their needs. Not connecting the station to roads is an option to reduce traffic congestion, but the policemen are less efficient at arresting citizens.
Speculation: There is perhaps an imperceptible effect on crime over a policeman's patrolled route or wanderings; too difficult to tell with the crime overlay update interval but perhaps the lua file for policemen may shed light on it.
For another Crime fighting capability building, see Guard Station (Tropico 3)