A Koban is a small neighborhood police station found in Japan, placed near a major transportation hub and shopping areas and in residential districts. Koban also refers to the smallest organizational unit in today’s Japanese police system. In addition to central police stations, Japanese uniformed police work is done from small buildings located within the community, which is a form of community policing.Think about the following questions and discuss your understanding of how Koban Centers operate.  

  • How are the Koban centers staffed with police? 
  • Are Koban centers considered part of the community, or are they known as police stations?
  • Describe the police officers and their role working at the Koban.