Police asked students to borrow Timelord technology and build a Tardis worthy of the Doctor to help them tackle crime.
Students at New College Stamford’s carpentry department in Cherryholt Road have spent the term building an old-fashioned community police box.
Using saws, chisels, hammers and a sonic screwdriver or two, they made a life-size Tardis replica which was handed over to the Stamford policing team on Wednesday.
The Tardis will now be taken around the area and put up for a week at a time. PCSOs will be stationed in the box to speak to residents about their crime concerns.
PSCO Chris Clarke, who commissioned the police box, was delighted with the students’ work. He said: “I feel that this will provide a direct contact with the neighbourhood policing team and that this police box can be used to better engage with a large amount of people of all ages.”
The students were given a detailed job description by police. The Tardis had to be portable, easily dismantled and able to be rebuilt in various locations. Although it was a challenging brief, students Alex Knox, Sebastian Cadwallder, Tim Pocock and Jodie Whitburn jumped at the opportunity to get involved.
Carpentry lecturer Tom Conway supported the students with the project. He said: “The students have worked extremely hard and have been responsible for the whole construction - from the build of the main structure, to the finishing joinery and painting.
“For the Tardis to be built and designed so that it can be easily taken apart, transported and re-erected in another place, it wasn’t an easy task but they did it, and they should be really proud of their efforts and the finished product.”
Mr Conway added: “Not only has the project been a hit with Stamford police, but it has also been a valuable experience for the students to develop their knowledge of joinery techniques, woodworking machinery, working as a team, working to deadlines, thinking outside the box and being creative – all of which they will require for a successful career in the industry.”