Volunteer - Dog Section Support (Puppy Socialiser)

Joint Operations Unit, Dog Section
Homebased
Volunteer
As and when required
Volunteer

Location: Home based (with a requirement to transport the dog to training sessions)

The forces which jointly run the Dog Section under the Joint Operations Unit (JOU) are looking for people to take on the responsibility of helping to develop and train the next generation of Police Dogs.

As Puppy Socialisers the role would require the puppy to live with you from 8 weeks old to approximately 12 months old.

During this period, as Puppy Socialisers, you would be required to introduce the puppy to as many new environments and experiences as possible, whilst also starting the foundation of puppy training.

The puppies we produce are not normal pet dogs. They are keen, enthusiastic and highly motivated and as such they are not the type of dog that is happy to lie down and sleep all day, they are going to need lots of regular exercise and stimulation. It can be a challenging but extremely rewarding role.

To become a Puppy Socialiser you will need to answer YES to the following questions. 

  • Are you physically capable of walking and controlling a dog on a lead?
  • Do you have access to a vehicle for safe transportation of the dog?
  • Do you have a suitable position in your home environment for a dog crate?
  • Are you able to provide a secure garden area?
  • Do you live within approximately 15 miles of Sulhamstead?
  • Are you able to make the dog available for regular training sessions at Sulhamstead?
  • Can you ensure that the puppy will not be left alone for more than 4 hours at a time (except in extreme circumstances)

If you have answered yes to the questions above then please complete the online application form. If you have any queries on completing the application form, please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77, quoting reference 15742.  

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.


Benefits

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

Important

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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.