New Wakefield home near K9s for ‘tardis’ police box

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A DOCTOR Who tardis style police box travelled through time and space before re-materialising close to the West Yorkshire force’s K9 unit at Carr Gate in Wakefield.

The Grade II listed police box was moved from the force’s former training unit at Bishopgarth to nearby Carr Gate – the new training facility where officers learn how to exterminate crime.

The police box, which dates back to the 1920s or 1930s, has a mysterious past.

Supt Dave Lunn, head of learning and development at Carr Gate, said “It’s unclear where it was used in the county before it materialised at Bishopgarth in 1982.

“Being a listed building, it is as timeless as The Doctor himself.

“Police boxes were used by officers on the beat to report to headquarters, and by the public to call for assistance in times of emergency.

“It’s believed to be a 1929 Mackenzie Trench design police box. It is made of timber, with a small door to a telephone cupboard on the inside and features a bell on the top.

“By bringing this icon of community policing to our new training facility, we hope it will instil the traditional values of protecting the public into the advancements of modern policing.

Unlike the Tardis, Carr Gate – which is also the base for West Yorkshire Police’s dog section, is as big on the inside as it looks from the outside.

The new facility, which opened in March, stages training courses on public order, crime, driving, IT and leadership, as well as firearms.

Sup Lunn added: “Thousands of officers and staff will be passing through the doors of this training facility each year.

“The police box will remind them of this neighbourhood ethos before they progress onto the streets.”

Mark Burns Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “The Police box illustrates how policing has moved on from the 1920s to the present day.

“So it is apt that its new home is at the state of the art Carr Gate training facility.”

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