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
TVP recognises the importance of continued learning and professional development.
Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program includes bi-annual reviews, ensuring learning is an ongoing process throughout your career. If you’re ambitious for career progression, we have a Personal Development & Leadership Team who offer courses and coaching to strengthen management and supervisory skills.
There are opportunities to apply for supported study for those who wish to gain additional qualifications. We encourage everyone to realise their full potential and will support you to achieve your goals.
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 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
We have a number of very active staff network groups which provide important face-to-face support and work to share common experiences, concerns and solutions.
Please note, our recruitment pages can be opened through VERCIDA, an online platform that provides a fully accessible version of our recruitment content.
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
The Thames Valley Police Disability Support Network (DSN) supports officers, staff, volunteers and families affected by all aspects of disability, illness and injury. The DSN also supports the force to provide the best possible service to members of public who identify as disabled.
Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA)
The GRTPA aims to unite and support all police officers and staff from GRT backgrounds and to foster good relationships between the police and GRT communities. GRTPA membership is open to anyone, regardless of background, to help TVP work with all our colleagues and partners.
Provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and non-gay members of TVP.
Membership is open to serving officers, staff and volunteers.
Muslim Police Association
Helps and assists Muslim officers and staff whilst providing support for the wider organisation. Has ongoing interest in promoting a better understanding between the police and Muslim communities.
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)
Works towards ensuring that there is fairness and equality for minority ethnic staff. Advises staff who are suffering harassment or discrimination at work because of their race as well as improving understanding and raising awareness of development opportunities for BAME staff.
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.
Committed to improving the working environment for and maximising the potential of women within TVP. Their focus includes job opportunities, career progression and development, promoting work-life balance, maternity/paternity/adoption leave and support around challenges associated with Menopause.
Initiatives & Accreditations
Disability Confident Committed
The Disability Confident scheme encourages employers to achieve accreditation that encompasses three increasing levels of commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing disabled staff.
TVP is committed to achieving accreditation under Disability Confident.
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. It is a formal recognition of the relationships that already exist between TVP and the military, and presents an opportunity to develop them further for mutual benefit.