Category: Women in Policing

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TVP Muslim Police Officers celebrating Ramadan

Like many of our community members, many TVP colleagues are celebrating Ramadan this month. We recently spoke with PC Misbah Ali and PC Shaharyar (Shah) Khan to learn more about how they are managing Ramadan alongside their policing careers. What does the month of Ramadan mean to you? Misbah: The Holy month of Ramadan means …

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Mothers in Policing

This year, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked two of our colleagues, Kelly Glister, Detective Chief Inspector – Crime Manager for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire Local Policing Area (LPA), and Joanne Hutchings, Deputy Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire Local Policing Area (LPA), what’s it like to be a Mum with a career in …

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Meet Student Officer Ellen Bowser

PC Ellen Bowser is one of our new student officers on our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). We caught up with Ellen to learn more about her journey and how she is finding her training so far. Ellen, what attracted you to policing? I wanted to work in the public services and help people. Any …

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Meet PC Misbah Ali of TVP’s Positive Action and Engagement Team

Age at joining: 24 Length of Service: 4 years Why did you want to become a Police Officer?  I joined the police because I wanted a varied career, it was an ambition I had while being in education and certainly did not think I would ever join. While at University I decided to apply and …

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Meet PC Lucy Williams of TVP’s Positive Action and Engagement Team

Age at joining: 21 Length of Service 14 (and a half!) years Why did you want to become a Police Officer?  I was drawn to the fast paced and exciting nature of the uniformed role. I wanted a meaningful career that enabled me to help people, meeting people from a variety of backgrounds and the …

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Meet PC Sylvia Masih-Gill of TVP’s Positive Action and Engagement Team

Age at joining: I was 33 when I finally became an officer Length of Service: 13 years as PC (Police Constable), but I have worked in policing since 1996. I initially joined as a Special Constable, alongside that in 1999 I worked in a Police Staff role before achieving my goal to become a PC …

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Meet PC Abhilasha Bajwa, Acting Sergeant of TVP’s Positive Action and Engagement Team

Role: Acting Sergeant of TVP’s Positive Action and Engagement Team Age at joining: 21 Length of Service: 2.5 years Why did you want to become a Police Officer? I wanted to do something meaningful with my life, something with purpose that I could look back on in years to come with pride that I made …

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Meet PC Jenna Caswell

Role: Response Team Age at joining: 34 Length of Service: 2 years Why did you join the police in your thirties? I definitely don’t come from a policing background, my Grandfather was from the travelling community, he always valued honesty and respected the police. It’s something I always wanted to do. Our family have many traveller …

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Cherwell and West Oxfordshire celebrates its all-female command team for International Women’s Day

As of 1 March, the Cherwell and West command team is being led completely by women, so it only feels right to get to know the team on International Women’s Day. Since 1941, when the first woman police officer joined Thames Valley Police, women in our force have been making a difference within policing and …