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Slang for a police station

I'm looking for a term that a street kid would use to refer to a police station. The sentence I'm working on is, "Do you need to get to the station tonight?" It sounds a little too formal to my ear.

I've been looking at various online slang dictionaries, and I've come up with a lot of words for a police station, but none of them sound quite right. "Downtown", "station house", "precinct" - all too cop, or, at least, too macho. "Take me in" would work in terms of level of diction, but it doesn't work in context, since she isn't being taken in.

The speaker is a fifteen-year-old white, female runaway from the rural Midwest, in Chicago, in the late 1990s. She is speaking to a male Chicago cop in his late thirties, but contextually, she actually kind of is in a position of power over him at the time the exchange occurs, which is I think part of why I'm having such a hard time phrasing the sentence.

Any and all ideas would be vastly appreciated!
Tags: usa: illinois, ~languages: english: american

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