Return of the ‘Tardis’ – Police boxes to re-open

Lothian and Borders Police are re-opening a number of police boxes in the South East of Edinburgh to engage with local communities.

The boxes in Duddingston Road West, Jocks Lodge and Craigentinny Road will be brought back in to operation for the first time in a number of years. Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers will use the iconic structures to host community surgeries during the “Have Your Say” week, which begins on Tuesday 22 May.

Members of the public are invited to meet with their local policing teams at these hubs and raise any community issues or concerns they may have.

SNT Sergeant David Robertson said: “We are delighted to re-open the police boxes within these communities as they will help improve the visibility of local police, which is an essential promise of our Community Commitment pledge.

“A number of boxes across the city were recently put up for sale as they were deemed surplus to operational requirement. However, the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the South East of the City have identified them as an ideal method for improving local engagement.

“The local community are invited to take advantage of this opportunity and come along to speak with their policing teams on the subjects that matter most to them.”

Police will be in attendance at the Police Boxes on the following dates and times:

Duddingston Road West: Tuesday 22 May (8.30am – 9.30am) and Friday 25 May (8am – 10am)

Jocks Lodge: Wednesday 23 May (8am – 10am and 12pm – 2pm); Friday 25 May (6pm – 8pm) and Saturday 26 May (3pm – 5pm and 6pm – 8pm)

Craigentinny Road: Thursday 24 May (8am to 10am and 6pm – 8pm)