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Thames Valley Police jobs

Thames Valley Police jobs

Do you think differently? Do you want a meaningful career that improves the lives of those around you, a career where no two days are the same?

If so, you may be eligible to join a Police Now award-winning two-year national graduate programme. This is a unique opportunity to join the police through one of our Times Top 100 graduate schemes which offer personal support and advice, training and development.

Society needs police officers as diverse as the communities they serve across the Thames Valley region, to improve the lives of those around them. We need people like you to bring the diversity of your experiences to make a positive and lasting difference in Thames Valley and to the communities challenged by crime.

Be an influencer

Be an influencer

Want to influence with purpose? To promote something so important it stops crime and saves lives?

You can use your story, your background, and your degree in a career where engagement really matters. Influence for generations as a neighbourhood police officer.

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Thames Valley Police careers

Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales. Serving diverse populations across three counties: Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, the force serves over 2.34 million people.

The whole area served is over 2,200 square miles and is split into 11 policing areas: Cherwell and West, Oxfordshire, Aylesbury Vale, Milton Keynes, Oxford, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, South Buckinghamshire, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell and Wokingham, Reading, West Berkshire.

The population has grown by ten percent in the last ten years and the force is also responsible for policing 196 miles of motorway.

Working closely with neighbouring forces, Thames Valley Police have shared a Joint Operations Unit (JOU) with Hampshire Constabulary since 2011. The JOU includes the roads policing unit, dogs unit, firearms capability, mounted unit, operational support and marine unit.

Thames Valley Police also collaborates on a regional basis for Counter Terrorism (Counter Terrorism Policing South East) and Serious and Organised Crime (South East Region Organised Crime Unit). For these regional structures we work with the forces of Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex.


Through our partnership with Thames Valley Police, we have recruited, trained and developed 105 graduates to become neighbourhood police officers and detectives on our national graduate programmes.

Upile Mtitimila
Upile Mtitimila | Detective Sergeant

Why join Thames Valley Police with Police Now?

By joining Thames Valley Police through Police Now’s national graduate programmes, you’ll benefit from our unique training and development designed to progress your career and your impact in policing:


I've got no interest really in leaving the police now. It's definitely career that I want to stay with for the rest of my working life. The opportunities that get presented within the police are so vast you probably don't even know all the opportunities that exist.

I've been really fulfilled and rewarded by being given the opportunity to not just join the police, but going through the Police Now route that I have gone through, just because you get exposed to so many different parts of the organisation really early on, and that allows you to understand the roles, and that gives you an awareness of all the necessary skills, and that allows you to become a good detective from day one.

Larry Brown | Trainee Detective Constable
Larry Brown | Detective Constable

Thames Valley Police graduate scheme

We are looking for graduates to join Thames Valley Police through our national graduate programmes.

National Graduate Leadership Programme

As a neighbourhood police officer you will work within diverse communities, devise long term strategic solutions and work collaboratively in a multi agency approach to solve crimes and systemic problems.

National Detective Programme

As a detective you care, it’s a serious career choice. You act on instinct and grow your capacity to change communities by delivering excellence in policing.

Thames Valley Police recruitment

Our focus on diversity and inclusion

Thames Valley Police are committed to promoting equality within their workforce, removing all forms of discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for all.

Thames Valley is home to a diverse set of communities and the force understands the importance of making sure their workforce reflects this diversity.

Tary Kufa | Detective Constable

Thames Valley Police Jobs


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.

Are you eligible to apply?

Before you submit an application, we would encourage you to check if you would be eligible.

Our entry criteria follow national standards for new police officers. Take a look at the full details to make sure you are eligible before applying to Thames Valley Police. 

How to apply

You want a career where you can make an impact. Are you prepared to start the application process?

Before you apply, make sure to thoroughly read this information and have everything you need to start your journey.

Find out how to apply for Thames Valley Police and the stages you’ll go through to join Police Now.

Making an impact with Thames Valley Police

Dorset Police

Police Now | Dorset Police
Scott Chilton - Dorset Police Chief Constable

Scott Chilton

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

Cohorts: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled: 6

National Detective Programme

Cohorts: —— —— —— —— 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled:

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