TVP’s People Strategy
As an employer, being at our best means working together to establish an inclusive, supportive culture that values skills and experience. Our five year People Strategy sets out the road map in achieving that aim. The people within our force are our most important asset. Every individual within the force plays an important role in driving this strategy forward, and that could include you. Find out more about the TVP People Strategy.
Officer & Staff Benefits
In 2018 we introduced a new benefits platform for all TVP employees. The platform provides access to a wealth of shopping discounts, cut-price tickets and travel services, a concierge service and opportunity to earn cashback on purchases from a wide-range of leading retailers.
Officers and staff also have the opportunity to join the national Blue Light Card scheme which offers discounts on a variety of products and services to those working in the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces.
- coaching and mentoring support
- Developing Potential Programme
- Support for Study
- Training courses
- contributory pension scheme
- debt management support
- group insurance scheme
- savings scheme
Health and wellbeing
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- flexible working
- discounted gym membership
- Mind Blue Light support
- Occupational Health services
- reimbursed eye tests for VDU users
- welfare services
- workplace needs assessments and support
- Help to buy
- key worker
- single accommodation
- bus concessions
- cycle to work scheme
Learning & Development
At TVP, we recognise the importance of continued learning and professional development and offer extensive learning opportunities to help you develop your performance and enhance your career.
We encourage everyone to realise their full potential and will support you to achieve your goals.
TVP utilises two main platforms for e-learning – NCALT and Moodle. These provide all of our officers and staff convenient and flexible access to learning.
Support for study
In addition to the wide variety of internal courses available, TVP may be able to offer financial assistance and/or study time to pursue external qualifications.
Developing Potential Programme (DPP)
The DPP is aimed at employees up to and including Inspectors and Broad Band 4 staff. It is a two year self-directed programme designed to help raise self-awareness, develop key skills, network with others and seek out opportunities and experiences for further development.
Coaching and mentoring
Leadership coaches provide one-to-one coaching services. Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which a more experienced individual helps a less experienced colleague and falls outside that of the line management relationship.
Core Leadership Programme (CLP) Level 1 & 2
The CLP has been developed by the College of Policing and by the Personal Development and Leadership team at TVP to improve the leadership and management skills of first and second line managers.
Performance Development Review (PDR)
TVP’s PDR programme involves regular reviews throughout the year and gives individuals the opportunity to reflect on their level of performance, achievement and development. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is required to ensure learning is an ongoing process throughout your career.
Self-assessment tools and analysis
Staff and officers are encouraged to make use of a wide variety of self-assessment personality and profile tools including Myers-Briggs, Personal Profile Analysis (PPA), Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue) and 360 degree analysis. These provide deeper insight into your strengths and weaknesses and explore your preferences for taking in information and making decisions.
We place a great deal of importance on the wellbeing of our officers and staff. TVP has a number of professional departments providing help and support including Occupational Health, Physical Development Services and our Welfare team.
We are signed up to Mind’s Blue Light Pledge and have a healthy network of Blue Light Champions throughout the Force. This Peer Support Programme ensures we continue to challenge the stigma around mental health and provide practical support.
In 2018, we established a new Mediation Service with a team of volunteers from across the force who proactively help counsel people through minor disagreements and disputes.
TVP even has its very own Wellbeing Dog – Henley, who belongs to one of our Welfare Officers. He travels around the force visiting offices and stations, helping reduce stress and brighten up people’s days.
TVP have established a robust and comprehensive reasonable adjustments management process which we call RAMP. Our RAMP helps remove barriers which disadvantage disabled employees in the work place and is available for new and existing officer, staff and volunteers.
TVP has a team of 28 accredited Specific Learning Disability Workplace Assessors across the force who are trained to assess and offer support to employees with specific disabilities and learning difficulties associated with dyslexia.
Once an assessment has taken place we are then able to work with the employee to explore reasonable adjustments in order to make their working life as comfortable as possible.
Dyslexia is more common than some might think and shouldn’t be considered a barrier when considering a career in the police. At TVP it isn’t uncommon to see police officers taking notes on coloured pocket notebooks or police staff and officers working on adjusted computer screens with overlays.
We encourage applicants to declare any disabilities including potential learning difficulties during the recruitment process, our recruitment advisors can then offer support and ensure reasonable adjustments are made where possible.
Staff Support Networks and Buddy Schemes
At TVP, we are proud to have a diverse range of staff support networks, including faith-based, gender-based, sexual orientation-based and ethnicity-based networks.
Our Staff Support Networks provide advice and support on a range of issues to their members, or anyone working for Thames Valley Police who requests help. They act as a critical friend to the organisation, championing improvements to policies and practices that improve the working lives of those within the force. The networks work together to support our force in its goals for diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. In addition, the networks work in partnership with a variety of internal stakeholders, including our Buddy Schemes.
Buddy Schemes operate very much as peer-support, run by volunteers across the organisation outside of their paid day-to-day duties. Our buddies use their lived-experiences to support colleagues across a wide variety of issues including Maternity, Parenting, Mental Health, Cancer, Flexible working, Endometriosis, Autism, MS and Menopause.
During National Day for Staff Networks 2022, our networks and buddy schemes delivered a day-long event, sharing information with our colleagues about the support they offer. Learn more about them by opening the dropdowns below:
Christian Police Association (CPA)
The CPA offers great encouragement to people wanting to explore the Christian faith and to people just beginning their journey of faith. The CPA also provides opportunities for members to meet together, and provide prayer support for all members of Thames Valley Police.
Disability Support Network (DSN)
The Thames Valley Disability Support Network (DSN) supports officers, staff, volunteers and families who are affected by any type of disability, illness and injury. The DSN also supports the Force to provide the best possible service to members of the public who identify as disabled.
The DSN has a strong network of volunteer officer and staff representatives across the Force who can offer confidential support on a wide range of disabilities and other conditions, using their personal experience and knowledge to help wherever possible for any members of TVP who feel they need advice or support.
Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA)
The Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA) is a support network for all members of TVP from a GRT background. The GRTPA aims to unite and support all police officers and staff from GRT backgrounds and to create strong relationships between the police and GRT communities. TVP’s branch for the GRT works closely with the national association whose ethos is based upon fairness, respect, solidarity and a determination to improve the working conditions of GRT police officers and staff.
The GRTPA understands that many staff members from GRT communities are anxious and concerned about revealing their identities and the GRTPA is here for all, regardless of background. They work with all colleagues and partners to ensure support and equality is provided for anyone who is from a GRT background, along with vitally improving service provision to our communities.
Provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and non-gay members of TVP.
Membership is open to serving officers, staff and volunteers.
Thames Valley Muslim Police Association
The Thames Valley Muslim Police Association (TVMPA) supports Muslim Police officers and staff in professional development as well creating a support network for its members. The TVMPA works towards developing both the understanding of Islam within Thames Valley Police and a better understanding of culture between the police and the Muslim community. Membership is open to anyone who is employed by, contracted to or volunteer for the Thames Valley Police.
National Support Networks
- British Association of Women in Police
- National Association of Muslim Police
- National Black Police Association
- National Christian Police Association
- National Trans Police Association
- National Disabled Police Association
- National Police Autism Association
- National Sikh Police Association
Support Association for Minority Ethnic Staff (SAME)
SAME is the support network working towards helping the organisation become more representative of its diverse communities. SAME aims to promote fairness and equality for all with one of its key functions being to support TVP colleagues from ethnic minorities and helping them maximise their individual potential.
Some of the aims of SAME are to: advice staff who are suffering harassment or discrimination, improve communication and understanding of cultural differences, organise or raise awareness of development opportunities for BME staff and to assist TVP in improving and developing policies and procedures which take full account of the needs of staff and communities from minority ethnic groups.
SAME fully recognises the importance of BAME recruitment, retention and community engagement and supports the force strategy to increase representation of BAME officers and staff. They also engage with all officers, staff and members of the community to expand the support and to promote awareness across Thames Valley Police.
We have recently caught up with newly elected Chair DI Quoc Vo and Deputy Chair DC Zoe Luno to find out more about them and their vision for the SAME Network moving forward. Read the blog.
UNISON (Trade Union)
UNISON is the largest public sector trade union in the UK with over 1 million members and is the only trade union TVP recognise to support and advise police staff. As well as offering a wide range of support and assistance to UNISON members, the local UNISON branch also represents all TVP police staff for the purposes of collective bargaining over pay and terms and conditions of employment.
UNISON members can receive support in various ways, including representing you at meetings/hearings should you find yourself facing disciplinary action or investigation, providing legal assistance at inquests, providing general advice and support regarding employment law and TVP policies/procedures. For members experiencing financial difficulties, UNISON can provide financial support through their welfare charity ‘There For You’. Find out more about the support available by visiting the website of TVP’s branch of UNISON.
Thames Valley Women’s Network (TVWN)
Connect. Support. Inspire.
Women in policing have come on huge strides in the past 30 years, with more women than ever applying to join the profession. The Thames Valley Women’s Network (TVWN) aims to harness the experience and expertise of all women in the workforce; with a mission to connect, support and inspire.
Connecting women with each other in the form of shared experience and advice, this includes mentorships, our maternity buddies programme and around challenges associated with menopause. We support by being a critical friend and influential voice during policy discussions around gender issues; advocating flexible working opportunities and greater work/life balance. Above all we aim to inspire; encouraging all women to achieve their full potential within the organisation.
In recent years TVWN has been instrumental in introducing the ‘He For She’ initiative within the force and have worked to establish practical support programmes including Flexible Friends (championing flexible working), Parent Pal (informal support network for officers and staff going through the adoption or fostering process) Maternity Buddies and our Maternity Engagement Plan (MEP).
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
TVP Men’s Forum responds to requests for information, help and support around male-specific health and wellbeing issues. Providing information and support to our Police Officers and Staff, we aim to ensure that we can all stay healthy and get the best from life; both during our work and in our private time, to maintain this important balance.
The Men’s Forum works in collaboration with our other staff support networks; for example the TVWN, LGBT+ and SAME networks around male gender related issues, we recognise that many issues faced are not exclusive to the men within the force.
In 2021 our inaugural Men’s Health Week event saw a variety of workshops and inputs across the force to reinforce the importance of male health and wellbeing.
Menopause Action Group
Our Menopause Action group was established by Inspector Natalie Beresford, who was inspired to help others following her own experience.
With more women choosing to pursue a policing career and a growing female workforce, as an employer we want to ensure we provide the best support possible to our colleagues.
Launched in October 2022 we have come a long way but we know there’s more we can do. Ongoing training, awareness and guidance can help us to properly support those experiencing menopause symptoms. Which is why we’ve committed to being menopause friendly, taking our support through an accreditation process. When we’ve been assessed, we can display the Menopause Friendly employer badge.
Initiatives & Accreditations
Disability Confident Employer
Thames Valley Police has reinforced its commitment to recruiting and supporting disabled people through the Disability Confident scheme by recently gaining level 3 ‘Leader’ status.
The Disability Confident supports employers to make the most of the skills and talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.
As a Disability Confident Employer, Thames Valley Police aims to go the extra mile to make sure our disabled employees are supported and treated fairly at work, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on the service we provide.
HeForShe is a UN Women’s campaign that aspires to engage men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for a gender equal world.
TVP is committed to advancing and achieving gender equality in the workplace and has an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy in place to support this work.
Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. TVP are proud that our commitment, respect and support has been recognised as Gold standard. This is formal recognition of the relationships that already exist between our force and the military, and presents an opportunity to develop them further for mutual benefit.
Menopause Friendly Employer
TVP is proud to be UK’s first police force accredited Menopause Friendly Employer. As an organisation we strive to be a workplace where everyone can flourish, and we are committed to raising awareness, increasing support and investing in training for the workforce about the impact of the menopause.