Police Officer

Policing really is a job like no other.

But what is ‘the job’?

It’s much more than blue lights and fast cars. It’s protecting the vulnerable when they need you most. It’s working in partnership to tackle serious and organised crime and it’s making critical decisions that will change lives forever. You will investigate a wide range of crimes such as burglaries and assaults, going that extra mile to ensure the best chance of securing a conviction.

Policing the Thames Valley 24/7, 365, is both challenging and rewarding. It involves working a shift pattern of nights, lates and earlies with paper work to complete at the end of your jobs. You’ll be tested, more so than you have before – resilience is key, alongside your ability to empathise, listen and communicate.

It’s a position of responsibility, of trust, of purpose. Above all, it’s working as part of a family, a policing family. A team that pulls together as one, rising to the challenge every single day.

This is the job.

Why join TVP?

We believe it’s important that our officers and staff are supported to be the best they can be. Whether that’s through additional learning, support when things get tough or through discounts to enjoy with family and friends away from the workplace – your wellbeing will always be a priority.

Here’s some of the reasons you should join the TVP family:

  • salary plus additional benefits including pension scheme, South-East living allowance, holiday entitlement and childcare voucher scheme
  • wide range of discounts for retailers, restaurants, travel, tickets and more available via a mobile app
  • discounts available to student officers on PCDA and DHEP entry routes via Apprenticeship Extra card and TOTUM card respectively
  • wide ranging career prospects including opportunities for promotion and specialisation including: Detectives, Major Crime, Counter Terrorism, Firearms and Roads Policing
  • a focus on your continuous professional development which includes a structured Performance Development Review
  • annual pay progression via a performance related pay structure
  • our ‘Support for Study’ scheme ensures you have the opportunity to gain additional accreditation and qualifications
  • a well-established wellbeing function ensures you receive the support you need – this includes staff support networks for under-represented groups including: Disability Support Network, Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association, Muslim Police Association, Support Association for Minority Ethnic Staff, Women’s Network and Christian Police Association

Entry Routes

Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (IPLDP) – accepting applications

Open to anyone between the ages of 18-55 who meets the eligibility criteria, the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) entry route is a two year programme combining classroom-based learning with practical training.

You will be fully trained to protect the public, provide a reassuring presence in the community, support victims of crime and investigate complex offences using a mixture of cutting-edge technology and time-proven traditional methods.

Eligibility

Whilst no formal qualifications are required, you must meet the following eligibility:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a British citizen or living in the UK free of restrictions
  • have a full manual British/EU driving licence before receiving a formal offer of appointment from us
  • have obtained the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) or obtain it during the recruitment process
  • live within 20 crow miles of one of our main police stations by provisional offer of appointment – consideration might be given to those living up to 30 crow miles of two of our main police stations with priority given to those who can be posted in areas where resources are in most need
  • TVP applicants currently working as a PCSO, Detention Officer or a Contact Management Call Handler must have been in their role for 12 months before applying

Applicants are reminded that a degree of flexibility is expected in terms of postings, although consideration is given to personal preferences, the need of the organisation must be a priority.

What we offer

We recognise the role of a police officer is more than just a job and as such, it’s important your hard work and commitment is rewarded with:

  • a starting salary of £25,586 (which includes £2,000 South-East allowance)
  • annual leave of 22 days, increasing with length of service
  • training and development opportunities throughout your career with potential to work in specialist departments or apply for promotion
  • access to a range of staff support networks

Initial Police Learning & Development Programme

The IPLDP is a well-established programme of initial learning which takes two years to complete. You will undertake a period of initial learning across 13 weeks at our Training Centre in Sulhamstead, before moving to your designated Local Policing Area (LPA) for further operational coaching and tutoring.

Once you have successfully passed IPLDP you will be a substantive officer, able to consider further opportunities of progression and specialism within the Force.

Applications

We are currently accepting applications with intakes planned for each month until March 2020. For further information and to apply, please visit our vacancies portal.

The recruitment team can contacted by phone: 0845 266 6677 (option 2) or email: recruitmentpoliceoff@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Open to anyone between the ages of 18-55 who meets the eligibility requirements, the PCDA is a three-year programme combining operational duties with academic learning, resulting in formal degree qualification.

Not only does the PCDA pathway provide unrivalled training and job security, you will earn whilst you learn, with no student fees to repay.You will undertake training in areas critical to effective 21st century policing, such as evidence-based policing, decision-making and discretion, risk and public protection and criminality and crime prevention.

Unlike a traditional degree course, the majority of time for new apprentice recruits will be in force on frontline duties in the same way probationers work now.

If you do not already hold a degree and are looking for a career that offers first-class training, continuous development, unrivalled variety and unique challenges, the PCDA is the route for you.

Programme outline

Year one: A blended learning programme delivered by TVP and Bucks New University with initial learning based at TVP’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Reading. You will then join your designated Local Policing Area (LPA) for a period of operational tutoring leading to Independent Patrol Status.

Year two: Builds on the first year of learning but with more operational focus including response, investigation, intelligence, community policing and roads policing.

Year three: As part of your End Point Assessment you will complete an Evidence-Based Research Project and achieve Full Operational Competence.  The research project has a practical policing purpose; demonstrating your learning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Eligibility

To apply for the PCDA, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a British or Commonwealth citizen or EU/EEA national with right to remain in the UK indefinitely
  • have passes in both English(Language or Literature)and Mathematics GCSE(A*-C/9-4) or equivalent Level 2 qualifications
  • have a minimum of one A-Level/Level 3 qualification(grade A-E or equivalent)OR relevant professional experience – suitability of your professional experience will be jointly assessed by TVP and Bucks New University
  • hold a full manual driving licence or EEA driving licence before receiving your formal offer of appointment
  • not have served any time in prison or youth detention(if you have a criminal conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected – we will take into account the date, nature of offence plus evidence of good character since the offence)
  • be in good health and able to physically and mentally perform your duties
  • not have any piercings or tattoos which could cause offence
  • not have applied unsuccessfully within the past six months
  • live within 20 crow miles of two of our main police stations by formal offer of appointment – consideration may be given to those living within 20 miles of one station and 30 miles of another;a degree of flexibility is required in terms of posting

Application Process

Typically, the process from initial application through to start date can take six to nine months and includes:

  1. self-assessment form – we encourage all applicants to self-assess your eligibility prior to applying
  2. application including proof of eligibility
  3. assessment centre
  4. interview
  5. provisional offer
  6. pre-employment checks including fitness test, medical, references and vetting
  7. start date

Apply

PCDA recruitment will be reopening in September 2019. Register your details with TVP’s Talent Bank to ensure you’re kept up-to-date.

In partnership with

Bucks New University

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Already hold a degree? The DHEP is the entry route for you. The DHEP is a two-year work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. On successful completion of your probation, you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

Not only does the PCDA pathway provide unrivalled training and job security, you will earn whilst you learn, with no student fees to repay. You will undertake training in areas critical to effective 21st century policing, such as evidence-based policing, decision-making and discretion, risk and public protection and criminality and crime prevention.

This programme offers a fantastic opportunity for you to continue to learn beyond your initial degree, whilst earning a salary as a fully warranted police officer from day one.

Programme outline

Year one: A blended learning programme delivered by TVP and Bucks New University with initial learning based at TVP’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Reading. You will then join your designated Local Policing Area (LPA) for a period of operational tutoring leading to Independent Patrol Status.

Year two: Builds on the first year of learning but with more operational focus including response, investigation, intelligence, community policing and roads policing. You will work towards Full Operational Competence and successful completion of the academic elements of the Graduate Diploma.

Eligibility

To apply for the DHEP, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a British or Commonwealth citizen or EU/EEA national with right to remain in the UK indefinitely
  • have a Level 6/degree qualification or equivalent
  • hold a full manual driving licence or EEA driving licence before receiving your formal offer of appointment
  • not have served any time in prison or youth detention(if you have a criminal conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected – we will take into account the date, nature of offence plus evidence of good character since the offence)
  • be in good health and able to physically and mentally perform your duties
  • not have any piercings or tattoos which could cause offence
  • not have applied unsuccessfully within the past six months
  • live within 20 crow miles of two of our main police stations by formal offer of appointment – consideration may be given to those living within 20 miles of one station and 30 miles of another;a degree of flexibility is required in terms of posting

Application Process

Typically, the process from initial application through to start date can take six to nine months and includes:

  1. self-assessment form – we encourage all applicants to self-assess your eligibility prior to applying
  2. application including proof of eligibility
  3. assessment centre
  4. interview
  5. provisional offer
  6. pre-employment checks including fitness test, medical, references and vetting
  7. start date

Apply

DHEP recruitment will be reopening in September 2019. Register your details with TVP’s Talent Bank to ensure you’re kept up-to-date.

In partnership with

Bucks New University

Direct Entry Inspector

The complex, ever-changing nature of modern crime presents our policing leaders with incredible challenges. Now, more than ever, we need talented individuals to lead from the front.

You will have experience in making difficult decisions and managing competing demands. You’ll work alongside our partners, delivering effective and accountable policing that positively impacts our communities.

Always working to the highest standards, you’ll challenge existing practices, creating positive outcomes for the community, the police as well as your own development.

Full detail of the programme along with helpful application advice can be found on the Direct Entry website.

What’s involved?

In these critical roles, you’ll be providing leadership and making decisions during major incidents. Day to day, you’ll lead and supervise a team of officers, using resources and managing budgets in the best way possible.

Classroom and operational training will quickly progress you through the ranks with the goal of becoming either an Inspector or Superintendent.

Eligibility

  • over the age of 18
  • level 6 undergraduate degree or equivalent or higher (Inspector)
  • UK or EU citizen or EEA member state
  • right to remain and work in UK

Application process

  1. online application demonstrating relevant competencies
  2. application sift
  3. 45 minute telephone interview assessed against core competencies
  4. National Assessment Centre

Apply

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