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Join a Police Now national graduate programme

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 employment schemes, which offer support, mentorship, and personal career development opportunities throughout the two-year programme.

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 to communities challenged by crime.

Police detective jobs in Thames Valley

Do you notice?

Do you notice? Are you a problem solver? Someone who can communicate with anyone? Can you gain the trust of those around you?

If so, you could become a police detective with the Thames Valley Police through Police Now’s National Detective Programme. You must have a minimum 2:2 university degree and meet our criteria to apply for the programme, which will give you the skills you need for modern investigative work and positively impact communities in Thames Valley.

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 12 policing areas including Oxford, Milton Keynes and Reading.

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.

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WE HAVE RECRUITED 214 POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS FORCES IN THE SOUTH EAST TO DATE.

Through our partnership with Thames Valley Police and neighbouring forces in the South East region, we have recruited, trained and developed 214 graduates to become police officers and detectives on our national graduate programmes since 2017.

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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 range of support and development features specially designed to develop your career and your impact in policing.

You’ll get a whole host of Police Now benefits unique to our national graduate programmes.

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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 | Trainee Detective Constable

Thames Valley Police graduate scheme

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

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.

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.

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 | Trainee Detective Constable

Police Now | Thames Valley Police

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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.

Thames Valley Police

Are you eligible to apply?

Before you apply, make sure you meet our eligibility criteria with our online guide.​

Our criteria for entry to the programme 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 you apply

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

Being prepared is the first step in being successful in your application. Before you apply, make sure to thoroughly read this information and have everything you need to start your journey.

Find out how you apply for Thames Valley Police and all the steps you’ll go through in becoming a police officer with Police Now.

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Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

Cohorts: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled: 8

National Detective Programme

Cohorts: —— —— —— —— 2019 2020
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