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Friend, Nebraska: Itty-Bitty Police Station (Gone)

Not much crime in a town named Friend. The station was the size of a shed.

On the north side of US Hwy 6/1st St. just west of Maple St. Dwarfed by the neighboring train depot.

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Itty Bitty Police Station

According to people we talked to in town, the station was torn down in 2016 due to no activity in six years. It was a total bummer for my kids and I because we were really looking forward to seeing it.

[Mallory bliss, 07/05/2017]

Another reason given by the town for the demolition was that Friend learned of an even tinier police station in Florida. Friend's police now operate out of a larger building on Maple Street.

Small Police Station

The small police station in Friend actually used to be smaller. It had an addition put on many years ago. You used to be able to see the lines where it was added, but after many coats of paint and about 35 to 40 years of age (since the addition), it now sports its spacious not-so-new interior. I grew up in the town and, at 42, I can't remember the addition being put on, but my father does.

[Aaron G., 09/01/2013]

Despite its expansion, Friend's police HQ is among the smallest in the world.

Police station.

World's Smallest Police Station

Located in Friend, Nebraska, this tiny building has been in service as the local police station for decades. Unlike other towns that claim their station is the smallest, this station is regularly used by the town's officers. It contains all of the items you would normally find in a larger station including desks, computers, fax machines, etc.

[Brian, 07/02/2010]

Small police station.

World's Smallest Cop Shop?

I came across this architectural gem in Friend, Nebraska early last month. If not the smallest police station it has got to be in the running. Friend, on the other hand was by no means the smallest town I have ever seen, pretty much just a typical town on the prairie.

Until this discovery the smallest police station I ever saw was in Chelsea, Michigan and that one was about twice the size of this -- the Chelsea station is now a small bakery.

[Richard Weiss, 11/18/2006]

Nice tiny find, though the phone booth police station in Carabelle, Florida still has this one beat...

Smallest Police Station

On the north side of Highway 6 in Friend (my hometown), sits THE nation's (and possibly the World's) smallest police station. I've never been inside it (Thank Goodness!), but I've been in residential bathrooms twice its size!!! As the name reflects, most of the residents of this small (pop.1100) community are quite friendly!

[Laurie L, 08/01/1999]

Other towns claiming tiny cop cubicles: Carrabelle, FL; and Ridgeway, SC

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