Volunteer - Police Chaplain

As and when required

We are looking for Volunteer Police Chaplains across the Thames Valley Police area. The Chaplain’s role is a supportive and pastoral one offering support to officers and staff.  In this role you will seek to build a relationship of acceptance, friendship and trust with officers and staff and offer a source of comfort during times of stress.  We don’t have much to do with those who are arrested, or victims.

Chaplains need to be good listeners and have confidence to go into a police station and initiate conversations with those who are working there.  We would hope that you have some skills of compassion and non-judgmental appraisal of an individual’s situation.  We offer verbal support, as well as sign-posting to other means of help, such as police charities, or encouraging people to seek professional help.

To enable us to truly reflect the communities we serve, we are keen to recruit people from other Faith Groups representative within Thames Valley Police. You will need a working knowledge and experience of your Faith/Religion which will enhance the pastoral care of our diverse officers.

Please note you must be resident in the Thames Valley area to apply for this position.

If you have a few hours to spare please complete the online application form. For any queries about Volunteering and the process, please contact 01865 846250.

If you have any queries on completing the application form, please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77, quoting reference 13006. 

Please note this vacancy will be removed once sufficient candidates have been sourced.

As a volunteer within the police service, you will be subjected to a level of police vetting. The level will be dependent upon the role and it’s access requirements. With the higher levels of vetting, applicants could be asked to provide details of family members, partner, partner’s parents and co-residents, as well as additional information regarding their own personal circumstances. This process is required to ensure that Thames Valley Police comply with the legislation of the Vetting Code of Practice

Whilst we endeavour to complete all vetting within 30 working days of receipt of vetting forms, unfortunately this is not always the case due to operational demand and back-logs, and could take considerably longer.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding your application please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


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All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via: positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk  

Click here to read more about our commitment to valuing difference.