Valuing Difference

TVP recognises, values and celebrates difference.

Every individual at TVP matters. Everyone has an important role to play and makes a difference. Collectively we work together to achieve our commitment of making all communities within the Thames Valley safer and more secure.

Different people bring different perspectives which help us develop better understanding and learning, leading to new ideas and solutions to the challenging social issues that we face on a daily basis.

We aspire and are working hard towards having a police force that truly reflects the communities we serve. Our region is increasingly diverse and it is important our workforce reflects this, ensuring our officers, staff and volunteers are approachable and relatable to our communities.

Positive Action

Positive Action is a range of measures by which employers can target candidates for recruitment from communities who are underrepresented in an organisation. It allows us to develop strategies that support progression and improve retention. By removing traditional barriers, TVP can provide a positive, modern and progressive working environment for those candidates who apply and meet the minimum role criteria.

We want to recruit the best candidates and with Positive Action initiatives we are able to give the widest possible access to aspiring people from all backgrounds.

Some examples of our positive action initiatives include:

  • mentoring programmes for both applicants and existing officers, staff and volunteers,
  • additional help and advice during the application process is available to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) group via Facebook,
  • ambassadors across the Thames Valley positively promote the work of the police, facilitating and encouraging engagement with our recruitment teams,
  • regular attendance at local cultural events and celebrations giving us the opportunity to engage positively and regularly with our communities,
  • familiarisation evenings and events during recruitment of Police Officers, PCSOs, Special Constables, Call Handlers and staff roles,
  • BAME career development tracker for our current officers and PCSOs,
  • an active number of dedicated staff support networks
  • TVP’s PALS programme is a development programme run for police officers and staff who identify themselves as BAME. It is a fantastic opportunity to progress and develop both professionally and personally, as well as offering support in the form of tools such as Myers Briggs, 360 feedback and PDA Assessment.

Professional Action Learning Sets

Positive Action & Engagement Team

TVP’s Positive Action and Engagement Team (PAET) focuses on building engagement in under–represented communities and encouraging people from BAME communities to consider a career in policing.  As well as focusing on outreach work in the communities, the team supports applicants through the recruitment process and works to improve retention by supporting BAME individuals already in force with personal and professional development, promotion and progression.

The team is led by DS Marcia Hardy and formed of four officers: PC Yasser Zubair, PC Sylvia Masih-Gill, PC Misbah Ali and PC James Morgan.

If a career in policing interests you, the Positive Action and Engagement Team are more than happy to arrange an informal discussion to explore what support and advice they can offer. Contact the team via email: or alternatively, visit their Facebook page.