The Boscombe Police Box was officially unveiled to the public on today (Tuesday 8 April 2014) in Boscombe precinct in front of local dignitaries, businessmen and women and the community.
The unveilling was followed by a family fun day with a host of free activities and entertainment.
The long-awaited police box – one of only two operational in the country – will provide a highly visible policing footprint at the western end of the precinct on Christchurch Road.
It will be regularly staffed during day-time hours by police officers and police community support officers where they will be able to engage with the community and offer help, advice and support. A yellow phone will be attached to the police box which members of the public can use to contact Dorset Police at other times.
Local businesses and organisations including mydeposits and the NLA Dorset have independently funded the police box with donations or services, either free or at a significantly reduced cost, recognised in the form of an engraved paving stone set at the foot of the box.
As well as serving an important policing purpose, it is hoped the police box will become an iconic landmark creating tourism opportunities for Boscombe.
Bournemouth East Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “The Boscombe Police Box is just one of a number of projects aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and will place an obvious policing footprint exactly where it is needed.
“Dorset Police is committed to listening to the concerns of the community and we hope the police box will both reassure those living, working and visiting Boscombe, as well as sending out a very clear message that the area is policed.”
Eddie Hooker, Cheif Executive Officer at mydeposits, said: “I’m a huge Dr Who fan and think the Police Box is a fantastic idea. As well as being a unique landmark in Boscombe the Police Box will hopefully also bring wider benefits to the area and we’re delighted to be sponsoring it”.
To see the progress of the police box throughout the building and assembly stages, follow @dorsetpolice on Twitter #boscombepolicebox and visit the Dorset Police Facebook page.