This book, one of the "A Visit To" series, describes a town police station. Brief, fairly simple text accompanies full-page, color photographic illustrations of smiling police officers showing children around a police station. An officer is shown fingerprinting one of the children, and another officer poses with a police dog. A prisoner cell is shown, although the text does not state what it is used for. This book would serve as a good introduction to police stations for very young children and beginning readers, but would not be a useful source of information for students beyond first or second grade. The book includes a table of contents, a glossary (which defines a cell as "a small room with locks; some cells have bars,") still not making its function clear, a brief bibliography of recent titles, and a link to a list of Internet sites. An index is also included.
Patricia J. Murphy writes children’s storybooks, nonfiction books, early readers, and poetry. She also writes for magazines, corporations, educational publishing companies, and museums. She is the owner of PattyCake Productions and lives in Northbrook, Illinois.