The 'Tardis' lands in the future of policing (2 Sept 2014)

Bish _box _finThe Doctor's time travelling vehicle of choice has a new home in Wakefield.

A Grade II listed Police Box has moved from its base at Bishopgarth on West Field Road in Wakefield, to West Yorkshire Police's new Carr Gate training complex close to junction 41 of the M1 motorway.

It has touched down this afternoon (02/09) near the 'K-9' unit and other state of the art facilities which will help prepare officers to 'exterminate' crime.

Unlike the Tardis, Carr Gate is as big on the inside as it looks from the outside, staging courses on Public Order, Crime, Driving, IT and Leadership, as well as Firearms - perfect for practising in the event of a Darlek invasion.

Superintendent Dave Lunn, Head of Learning and Development, said the box has a mysterious past:

"It's said to be from either the 1920s or 1930s, however, 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.

Tardis3"It's believed to be a 1929 Mackenzie Trench design police box, 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.

"Thousands of officers and staff will be passing through the doors of this training facility each year and the police box will remind them of this neighbourhood ethos before they progress onto the streets.

"The time and effort that went into the design and development of Carr Gate has produced facilities that are second to none in meeting our needs and are amongst the very best, not just in this country, but across the world.

"Since the site opened in March, West Yorkshire Police has felt the benefit of being able to enhance the learning we deliver to our Officers and Police staff.

"It has given us the facilities to equip, improve and train our staff for real life events with more realism than ever.

Tardi2"The combination of these multi-million pound facilities and our dedicated, professional training staff will certainly play a part in ensuring that West Yorkshire Police achieves its ambition of becoming a World Class Police service well into the future."

Mark Burns Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said:

"The Police box illustrates how policing has moved on from the 1920s to the present day and so it is apt that its new home is at the state of the art Carr gate training facility.

"Carr Gate, visited recently by my Youth Advisory Group, has the best facilities to train officers and staff to ensure communities feel safe and to ensure West Yorkshire Police is equipped to deal with the challenges policing in the 21st century brings."

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