Supporting students with a Professional Policing Degree to join policing

Supporting students with a Professional Policing Degree to join policing

Thames Valley Police (TVP) is excited to announce a new partnership with the University of Portsmouth, aimed at students pursuing a Professional Policing Degree (PPD).  

 This collaboration is about preparing students for a future in policing, specifically with TVP, and by teaming up with the university, we are giving students a close-up look at what policing is really like.  

We’re not just talking about classroom learning – we are bringing students into the heart of TVP for talks, visits, and hands-on experience. Furthermore, our foundation trainers are working with university staff to make sure the students get the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge. In this way, we are helping to shape well-prepared candidates who are ready to join the police force. 

TVP and Portsmouth Partnership- Chief Constable Jason Hogg

Chief Constable Jason Hogg recently visited the university and had this to say:

”We are building relationships with partners like the University of Portsmouth to attract the right people to our force. I have seen firsthand how the students there are diving into issues like burglary and drug trafficking after spending an afternoon with them, listening to their presentations, and providing feedback. It is great to see their enthusiasm, and we are here to support them every step of the way. We hope to make TVP the force of choice for those students who want to pursue a career in policing by more actively supporting their policing degree programme.” 

Paul Smith from the University of Portsmouth added:

“The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth was delighted to host Chief Constable Jason Hogg and his team at a special event on Thursday 2 May. It was a chance for the University’s Professional Policing students to showcase their learning through applied policing projects and engage in conversation with experienced police leaders. The Chief Constable and Professor Sarah Charman from the University gave two informative presentations, and the students were able to discuss routes into policing and explore options after they have finished their degree. This was supported by the University’s Police Education Team who facilitated detailed discussions on the matters raised. It was an incredibly rewarding experience for students and our policing Team and we are grateful to Mr. Hogg and his team. 

Over the last six months, Thames Valley Police and the University of Portsmouth have formalised their partnership and are set to work in collaboration for the foreseeable future. For the university, partnership with one of our most important employers is vital to the success of our higher education programmes and for our research and innovation. Our two institutions are very much aligned in our ambitions to improve policing and utilise this to the benefits of our respective communities. We are excited by the potential we have as partners and it is the beginning of what we hope to be a long and fruitful collaboration that will shape the next generation of police officers and police staff, it will also provide a mutual exchange of resources to deliver applied research and innovation.” 

So, if youre studying for your PPD at Portsmouth University or any other university in the country, and you are thinking about where to go next, consider Thames Valley Police, where we are committed to supporting your journey into policing. 

Head over to our Police Officer page and see how you can start your career with us. It’s an exciting time to join, and we can’t wait to welcome you to the team.