For a story I'm writing, I've stumbled over a word and dictionaries aren't much help (if they turn up anything at all, they don't give me a good feel for either the exact meaning or usage).
I need a slang word with the meaning of "police station", specifically one I could pass as something a street criminal in 1970s New York would say. (I. e. not police slang unless it overlaps, not British, not too new...) Ideally the right word that such a person would actually use, of course.
The character is saying that all policemen at the station where he was a frequent involuntary guest were expressing homophobic views.
"Everyone at the station" sounds definitely too formal.
"Everyone at the cophouse" still feels rather mainstream, rather than slang.
One dictionary I found suggested "tank", but according to another, that means a cell, not the station as a whole.
What is the word my deuteragonist should use?