By supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Australia - Maida Vale
Today, my car broke down on my way home from university. I tried calling for help, only to realise my phone had completely run out of charge. Luckily, I had passed a police station so I decided to walk the 10 minutes down the road to ask for a phone. When I got there, the station was closed. FML
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  species4872  |  19

A lot of small regional Police stations have closed, these are usually 1 or 2 man stations which date back quite some time with some having historical significance. The Police have moved to newer, larger more centrally located stations.
In these areas patrols are still quite frequent however.

  aruden  |  25

To add onto species comment, even slightly larger departments close down overnight do to either lack of man power to run 24/7 or lack of crime/ activity. Typically in those cases the town is then covered by another larger department like the county sheriff's department or state troopers. 911 calls will get rerouted to those departments who are covering the area. I don't know if it's the same in Australia as it is in the United States, I would assume so but I don't know.

  species4872  |  19

Actually I was referring to Australia but it's probably the same in most countries.

  mrswombat  |  16

Not true, actually! In very small towns, they do close. The lights stay on but the doors are locked and no one answers the phones. You have to call the county sheriff to get any help late at night. (My husband had a head on collision with a bull at 2am in the morning once)