Police Officer Recruitment - ALL SLOTS TAKEN

Police Officer
£22,668 (plus £2,000 South East allowance)
Full Time
Thames Valley Police are OPEN for the role of Police Constable with the closing date for completed application of Monday 22 February 2016.

The role of Police Officer is like no other. It can be tough and unpredictable at times but it can also be extremely rewarding, no two days are ever the same. You will work towards making life safer and more secure for those living within your local community.

You will be fully trained to protect the public, provide a reassuring presence in the community, support victims of crime and investigate complex offences using a mixture of cutting-edge technology and time-proven traditional methods.

Eligibility Criteria
• Amongst other criteria, candidates must meet the following:
• Be aged 18 years of age or older.
• Be either a British Citizen or be residing in the UK free of restrictions.
• Have a full manual British/EU driving licence.
• Have two A Levels graded A-C, or equivalent, or higher. (Click the following link to access the A Level Equivalency Table)
• Have obtained a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) or be willing to obtain this by 13 May 2016. If you already have your CKP, please bring your certificate with you to your eligibility event together with a breakdown of your continuous online learning.
• Live within twenty crow miles of two of our main police stations. Applicants are reminded that they are applying for the role of Police Officer within Thames Valley and a degree of flexibility is expected in terms of postings. The majority of current Constable vacancies are located in the south of the Force area.
• Anyone who started with Thames Valley Police in CRED or PEC after 01 September 2014 or as a PCSO after 01 July 2015 must complete a minimum of twelve months in that role before being able to apply for the role of Police Officer.

What We Offer (correct as at 01 February 2016)
• On successfully completing all aspects of the recruitment process your starting salary will be £22,668 (plus £2,000 South East allowance).
• Annual leave of 25 days increasing with length of service.
• Police pension scheme
• Training and development opportunities throughout your career.
• Opportunities to apply for promotion or specialist departments once out of probation.
• Employee Assistance Programme – a confidential service supporting employees through health and wellbeing issues.
• Access to a range of services and support networks – Police Federation, Police Mutual, Central Sports & Social Club, Thames Valley Gay Police Association, Thames Valley Police SAME (Support Association for Minority Ethnic staff), Women’s Network and others.
• Employee benefit schemes including Childcare Vouchers for children up to 16 years.

To join Thames Valley Police as a Police Officer, the first stage of the recruitment process is to attend an eligibility event. These events are limited and, once all time slots are taken, registration will close. As such, please register your interest early to avoid disappointment.

During your event slot, which will last approximately twenty minutes, you will have a confidential one to one appointment with a member of People Services. They will check all the documents you bring to assess whether you are eligible to apply. This also provides you with a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the recruitment process or the initial Foundation Learning training period. These slots will be running at both Thames Valley Police HQ North (Kidlington, Oxfordshire) and our Training Centre (Sulhamstead, Berkshire). There are various dates available throughout February 2016.

For an appointment at Kidlington please ring 08452 66 66 77 (Option 2) and for Sulhamstead please ring 01189 325783 and we will run through the event dates and times available with you.

Thames Valley Police is a local organisation. Our legitimacy and connection to our communities benefits from a workforce employed mainly from the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. We value the unique and vital importance of face-to-face working, while acknowledging the benefits of appropriate remote working, to productivity, diversity, wellbeing and the environment. In every decision about working practices, public service and performance will always be the uppermost considerations.

To ensure fairness, the entitlement to remote working for our people will be agreed on a role-by-role basis. The feasibility of this may vary by function, team and department according to the nature of the work, the impact on public service and the relevant employment market. We value the diversity of our workforce and individual need will be appropriately considered.

We expect staff and officers in all roles to have some regular face-to-face contact with each other, including working from the workplace. Many operational roles will continue to require full-time working from our estate and in the field. There will remain an expectation for individuals to attend the workplace as required for their role and as determined by their line manager and the organisation.


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


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 3 ‘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.police.uk  

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

This opportunity is closed to applications.