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This article analyses the morphological evolution of a public-safety police station. It highlights the police-services’ over-specialization, and studies the different mechanisms that cause this dynamic. It demonstrates that specialization is a constant phenomenon in the institution’s history, inscribed in managerial objectives since the beginning of the 2000’s. However this organisational strategy cannot be reduced to the New Public Management. As integrated in parallel transformations of police, specialization enables the police superintendents to adapt their services’ activities to the political and police hierarchical requirements and to the “results’ priorities”, while arising their subordinates’ loyalty.