The Police Station is a small building that first appears in Animal Crossing. The Police Station's purpose is to accommodate items for the 'lost & found', a service that stores items that villagers around town have found. The player could claim all of the items on display without any consequences. Twenty items can be stored in the police station at one time, after which the oldest ones are removed and then replaced by new ones. Items such as stationery, clothing and furniture could all be found on display.
After the GameCube versions of Animal Crossing, the police station and the Train Station's functionality were merged and replaced by the Town Gate during Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the two were separated once again and the Police Station made a return as an optional Public Works Project.
In Animal Crossing
In Animal Crossing, the police station has the town map displayed on a board outside, and a small paved area around it. Copper the dog, stands outside to give the player information regarding events, while Booker waits within the building to assist the player with the Lost Property. Copper will thank the player for visiting after they exit the building.
In Animal Crossing: New LeafThe Police Station makes a return in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf the Police Station is one of Public Works Projects that cannot be removed. This is requested by random type of villager and costs 264,000 Bells. There are 2 models of the station, with Copper working inside the Modern Police Station, which is based off of the Police Station in the GameCube game, and Booker running the Classic Police Station, a new and original design. However, the Mayor has to choose between either one of them, meaning that the player can only build one Police Station and only have either Booker or Copper, not both.
The only known way to acquire a tricky pitfall seed is to acquire one from a Police station.
Players visiting a town cannot take items from the shelves in that town's Police Station.
If an item (any item is possible) is laying on the ground, and either a new villager's house, Public Works Project, or a special visitor (for example, Crazy Redd's, Katrina's tent, Nat's or Chip's tourney tent, Franklin's table, etc.) is set on top of that item, it will be sent to the Lost and Found section.
- The interior floorplan of the Police Station is square, while the building's outside is a circle.
- In Animal Forest+, it is called a Koban, which is a mini-police station in Japan.
- The police station's music in New Leaf has some of Wild World and City Folk's town gate themes mixed in.