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Thames Valley Police
Abbreviation TVP
Thamesvalleypolice.png
Logo of Thames Valley Police
Motto Sit pax in valle tamesis
Let there be peace in the Thames Valley
Agency overview
Formed 1968
Preceding agencies
Employees 8,065
Volunteers 1,200 (700 Specials and 500 PSVs)
Annual budget £356m
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Thames Valley in the country of England, United Kingdom
England Police Forces (Thames Valley).svg
Map of Thames Valley Police's jurisdiction.
Size 2,200 square miles (5,700 km2)
Population 2.1 million
Legal jurisdiction England and Wales
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary/Independent Police Complaints Commission
Headquarters Kidlington
Constables 4,186[1]
PCSOs 521[1]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Anthony Stansfeld
Agency executive Sara Thornton CBE, QPM, Chief Constable
Local Policing Areas 15
Facilities
Stations 48
Airbases RAF Benson and RAF Henlow[2]
Roads Policing Bases Abingdon, Bicester, Taplow, Amersham, Milton Keynes, Three Mile Cross and Chieveley
Cars Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Astra, Mitsubishi Shogun, Volvo S60, Vauxhall Insignia, Zafira and Vivaro, Ford S-Max, Transit, Volvo V70
Helicopters Eurocopter EC 135 (2)[3]
Dogs 52
Website
www.thamesvalley.police.uk
Footnotes
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Thames Valley Police, formerly known as Thames Valley Constabulary, is the territorial police force responsible for policing the Thames Valley area covered by the ceremonial counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.[4] It is one of the largest territorial police forces in England and the largest non-metropolitan one, covering 2,200 square miles (5,700 km2) and a population of 2,180,200 people.

Thames Valley Police has been working very closely with neighbouring force Hampshire Constabulary which has seen the merger of its Firearms, IT, Roads Policing & Dog Sections in late 2012, to save money.

History[edit]

Policing in Thames Valley dates back to 1773 when Newbury Borough Police were operating as a small police force; their officers' duties included usual policing activity as well as repairing gates and bridges. The force was one of around twenty borough forces that amalgamated with their county police force. These were Buckinghamshire Constabulary, Oxfordshire Constabulary, Berkshire Constabulary, Reading Borough Police and Oxford City Police founded in 1857, 1857, 1856, 1836 and 1929 respectively.[5] Under the Police Act 1964 these five forces were amalgamated on 1 April 1968 to form Thames Valley Constabulary.

Chief Constables[edit]


Governance[edit]

Thames Valley Police is overseen by a locally-elected Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner. The incumbent commissioner is Anthony Stansfeld, a Conservative Party candidate elected with 34.7% of the votes in the first round of voting and 57.2% of the votes after the second round.[6][7] The police and crime commissioner is scrutinised by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel.

Thames Valley was previously overseen by a police authority consisting of 19 Members, made up of councillors, members from unitary authorities, independents and a magistrate.[8]

Organisation[edit]

Following the implementation of the Local Policing Model in April 2011, the force is split into fourteen Local Policing Areas (LPAs). These are coterminous with local authority boundaries. These in turn are split into a number of neighbourhoods which are coterminous with parish boundaries. This alignment is to ensure that local policing services are delivered in an accountable manner.

Local Policing Areas[edit]

  • Aylesbury Vale LPA
  • Bracknell LPA
  • Cherwell and West Oxfordshire LPA
  • Chiltern & South Bucks LPA
  • Milton Keynes LPA
  • Oxford LPA
  • Reading LPA
  • South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse LPA
  • Slough LPA
  • West Berkshire LPA
  • Windsor and Maidenhead LPA
  • Wokingham LPA

Each area is responsible for delivering response policing, neighborhood policing teams and a local priority crime and Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Other functions that used to be held at Basic Command Unit (BCU) level (essentially a cluster of geographically grouped LPAs) are now delivered at Force Headquarters level using a shared service approach.

Force Headquarters Teams[edit]

A number of teams are run from Force Headquarters with their staff deployed at various locations around the Force area:

Operations[edit]

Roads Policing Unit[edit]

Thames Valley Police patrols 196 miles (315 km) of motorways including the M1, M4, M40 and M25, as well as many other 'A' roads.

Thames Valley's Roads Policing Department operate diesel Vauxhall Insignia Estates and a handful of Mitsubishi Shoguns. More recently the force has introduced the Volvo V70 vehicle for Roads Policing matters. This vehicle comes with a 2 litre petrol engine. The unit has a sub-department called the Roads Policing Pro-Active Team, who featured on the reality television programme Road Wars.

Dog Section[edit]

Thames Valley Police has 52 operational police dogs, - 30 are general purpose dogs, 11 specialist search dogs and 11 firearms dogs[citation needed]. Of the 30 general purpose dogs, nine are also trained for firearms. The dogs are mostly donated from the public or RSPCA, and are trained at the headquarters. They usually serve until they are 8 years old, receiving refresher training every year, and then living with their handler after retirement.

Thames Valley's Dog Units will merge with Hampshire Constabulary Dog Unit in 2013.

Uniform Pro-Active Team[edit]

Thames Valley Police has recently centralised all 3 of its Uniform Pro-Active teams to be run as a 'shared service' from its headquarters. The teams will be based at 3 'hubs', those being Aylesbury, Oxford and Reading. The team consists of 24 constables, 3 sergeants and 1 inspector and are tasked centrally through a bidding system which is used in order to gain their services.

The team specialises in a number of areas including Method of Entry, Targeted intelligence led policing and specialist surveillance of criminals both covertly and overtly.

The teams use various types of vehicles both marked and un-marked and work 24 hours a day across the force.

Armed Response Unit[edit]

Thames Valley Police's Armed Response Group is a 24/7 sub-department of the Tactical Support department that responds to major and serious crimes where firearms are involved. The unit responds to incidents armed with firearms and taser guns. The unit is also responsible for educating the public and training police officers in firearms. The unit is made up of one Inspector, two sergeants, 14 constables and two support staff.

Thames Valley Police's Armed Response officers merged with Hampshire Constabulary officers in 2012, shortly after the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is currently the country's first permanent ARU.

Air Operations Unit[edit]

The Air Support Unit was officially created in 1982 but the use of helicopters in Thames Valley goes back to 1963, when Oxford City Police experimented with a Brantley helicopter with a dog basket attached to the skids. Thames Valley Police rented helicopters for use on special occasions in the 1970s and '80s. The unit was founded in 1982 when part-time daylight flights were routinely contracted and eight Sergeants were transferred from Traffic and Operations to ASU. The unit rented a Eurocopter A350 by the day, planning to fly only 650 hours every year. In 1986 the unit was moved to RAF Abingdon.

In 1988 Thames Valley Police hired professional police observers for ASU. In the same year, the department became a full-time operational unit, only the third in the country at the time. Thames Valley Police bought a new helicopter in 1993.

In 1996 Thames Valley Police, Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary combined funding and founded the Chiltern Air Support Unit, having received funding in 1995 to buy a second helicopter. The alliance is recognised to have started unofficially in 1992, when Thames Valley would sell flying time to its nearby forces. In 1999 and 2002 the two Eurocopter A350s were replaced by two Eurocopter EC135s, which are still in use today.

As of 2013 the management of Police Air-Support nationally has moved to NPASS (the National Police Air Support Service)

Mounted Division[edit]

The Thames Valley Mounted Division was founded in 1985 and is today staffed by one sergeant, eight full-time police officers and four police grooms. The unit has around ten police horses. The unit is responsible for preventing equine crime, assisting in searches of rural areas, and mainly maintaining public order at demonstrations and sporting events, including the four football grounds in Thames Valley.[9]

Protection Unit[edit]

Thames Valley Police has the largest non-metropolitan protection group; they are responsible for guarding four fixed locations and protecting any visiting parties that require attention. The officers in the unit are physically superior and are required to pass stringent testing; they are also firearms authorised.[10]

Until 1947, the protection of the Royal Family, when in Berkshire, and the guarding of Windsor Castle was the responsibility of Windsor Borough Police. Owing to the importance of their role, they didn't amalgamate with Berkshire County Constabulary until 1947, under the Police Act 1946.

Specialist Search and Recovery Unit[edit]

Founded in 1956 as the Underwater Search Unit of Berkshire Constabulary and transferred to Thames Valley Police under a new name, the unit today is made up of one sergeant and seven constables and respond to around 350 operations each year.[11]

The unit are involved in a variety of searching operations in river, underwater, underground, and cliff face conditions, searching for bodies, explosives, drugs, property, contraband and firearms and environments that can be affected by Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear radiation.

The unit also helps during floods and natural disasters, five of its officers and Disaster Victim ID trained.

Public Order Unit[edit]

Based in Heyford Park in Oxfordshire the public order unit is responsible for providing tactical support during spontaneous or pre-planned events that may result in public disorder. This includes sporting events such as football matches and Royal Ascot, music festivals such as Reading Festival, and lawful demonstrations.[12]

Counter Terrorist Unit[edit]

Thames Valley Police's Counter Terrorist Unit is responsible for responding to any search related or explosive or terrorist incident, working with Protection Unit to guard anyone deemed to be at risk and with dog section to locate the explosive. The unit has four explosive ordnance disposal advisors.[13]

Locations[edit]

The headquarters of Thames Valley Police is at Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire. Thames Valley Police has 48 police stations.

The force is covered by two control rooms, one in Abingdon covering Oxfordshire and Berkshire West, and one in Milton Keynes covering the Borough of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire East.

Thames Valley Police Training College and Police Museum.
Thames Valley Police station in St Aldate's, Oxford.

The three Police Enquiry Centres (PECs) were formed in 2003, following the closure of local control rooms, to support the newly formed control rooms in Abingdon and Milton Keynes. They are located at Windsor police station, at Fountain Court in Kidlington (now known as Headquarters North) and a small team at Milton Keynes control room. The PECs handle all emergency, non-emergency and enquiry calls from the public.

Sulhamstead House in Sulhamstead is the Thames Valley Police training college, which also houses the Thames Valley Police Museum.

There are also several Roads Policing bases at strategic locations around the force at Abingdon, Bicester, Taplow, Amersham, Milton Keynes, and Three Mile Cross. Chieveley and Aylesbury are no longer roads policing bases.

Presentation[edit]

Headgear[edit]

Thames Valley Police officers used to wear the traditional custodian helmet in the comb style with a Brunswick star that reads 'Thames Valley Police' for foot patrol, but this was dropped for practicality and cost reasons in 2009. Now the standard headgear is a peaked cap for all officers ( with additional 'beading' around the edge for Inspectors and above) and a white peaked cap for traffic officers. Female officers wear a bowler hat, or a white bowler hat for traffic officers.

In 2009 Thames Valley Police proposed to be the first force to introduce the use of baseball caps as a primary mode of headgear. After trials were conducted the proposal was dropped as being 'a step too far from the professional image of the force'.[14][15]

Uniform[edit]

When on duty officers wear a short sleeve black wicking t-shirt with 'Police' on the sleeves, and black uniform trousers with a cargo pocket on each leg. Thames Valley Police no longer use the traditional police jumper, having favoured a black soft-shell with police written on the chest and back. Thames Valley Police do not have Brunswick stars on their epaulettes, just the rank and shoulder number.

Formal dress comprises an open-necked tunic, with white shirt/blouse and tie/cravat. All officers wear peaked caps and their rank on their epaulettes. The No.1 uniform is accompanied by black boots or shoes and occasionally black gloves, or brown gloves for the rank of Inspector and above.

The operational uniform, until 2009, consisted of traditional white shirt and tie with custodian helmets for Constables and Sergeants, but this was dropped when it was deemed to be impractical and outdated, not withstanding the retention of this uniform by other forces, and the almost universal retention of the helmet.[14][15]

Equipment[edit]

Thames Valley Police officers carry Airwave digital radios, TCH rigid handcuffs, CapTor2 incapacitant spray, the autolock 22" collapsible baton, leg restraints, a resuscitation mask and a basic first aid kit. The PCSOs do not carry autolock, handcuffs, leg restraints or incapacitant spray. Should they be required to, some Thames Valley officers can use body-mounted cameras. Police vehicles contain a variety of equipment, which can include Arnold batons, traffic cones, road signs, breathalyzers, stingers, speed guns, ANPR cameras and more.

Vehicles[edit]

Thames Valley Police use various vehicles depending on the role they are required for. The bulk of TVP vehicles are Vauxhall.

Vauxhall Astras are used as general purpose marked vehicles, they are used by both response officers and members of Neighbourhood Policing Teams. Vauxhall Corsas are also used as patrol vehicles by PCSOs and are usually semi marked (TVP insignia but no battenberg) although a number have no identifying marks at all. Vauxhall Vectras and more recently Insignias, Volvo V70s and Mitsubishi Shogun are used by the force's Roads Policing Unit, marked estates and hatchbacks are generally used but there are a number of unmarked vehicles in the fleet also. Vauxhall Zafiras are used by the Force Dog Section, although a number of other vehicles are used for non-operational purposes. Volvo V70 D5 and Ford S-Maxs are currently used by the force as Armed Response Vehicles. Thames Valley Police also utilise Ford Transits for Public Order and Prisoner escort vehicles as well as Vauxhall Vivaros which are issued to a number of Neighbourhood Policing Teams. There are a small number of 4x4 vehicles in use around the force. Land Rover Defender 110s were the choice of vehicle and some are still in service but more recently Mitsubishi L200 Warriors have began to replace many of the older Land Rovers.

Vauxhall Astra - Patrol Vehicle

Vauxhall Corsa - PCSO Patrol Vehicle

Mitsubishi L200 - Rural Patrol Vehicle

Vauxhall Vectra - Roads Policing Department

Vauxhall Insignia - Roads Policing Department

Volvo V70 D5 - Roads Policing Department

Mitsubishi Shogun - Roads policing Department

Vauxhall Zafira - Dog Section Vehicle

Vauxhall Vivaro - NHPT / Cell Van

Ford S-Max - Armed Response Vehicle

Volvo V70 D5 - Armed Response Vehicle

Ford Transit - PSU Carrier / Cell Van

Livery[edit]

Thames Valley Police use the modern yellow and blue retro-reflective battenberg markings all over all operational vehicles, as well as the Thames Valley Police shield, and the contact phone number. The only exception of this is NPT cars, which only have markings on the back and front, and read 'Neighbourhood Policing Team' on the side.

Thames Valley Police stopped using the 'jam sandwich' police car markings between 2000-2005 when battenburg markings were adopted and implemented.

Name[edit]

Thames Valley Police has changed its name only once in its own history in 1971, from Thames Valley Constabulary to Thames Valley Police, a common change in most police forces that makes them more accessible.

Thames Valley Police's motto in Latin is Sit pax in valle tamesis meaning 'Let there be Peace in the Thames Valley', their slogan is 'Reducing crime, disorder and fear'.[16] The Thames Valley Police shield is made up of features from the shields of its five founding constabularies including a blue river depicting the Thames river and five crowns palisado depicting the five founding forces.

Strength and recruitment[edit]

Thames Valley Police employs 7,900 people and 908 volunteers. Of which 4250 are warranted Police Officers, over 500 are Police Community Support Officers and 3150 are civilian staff. Of the 908 volunteers, 500 are Police Support Volunteers and 733 are warranted Special Constables.

Thames Valley Police is recruiting people for voluntary roles. Their Police Support Volunteer scheme is one of the largest in the country, they now have 500 PSVs. Their Special Constabulary is also growing.

Training for new recruits in Thames Valley is held at Sulhamstead House in Sulhamstead, England. For Constables it consists of eight months' training and a two-year probationary period. For PCSOs it consists of 18 weeks' training and a 15-weeks probationary period. For Special Constables it consists of seven months of training during weeknights and weekends, and a two-year probationary period or less, dependent on the number of tours of duty.

Recruits receive their warrant card and uniform in the first two months of training. Once the training period is over, the new officers are posted in a local division.

Future of Thames Valley Police[edit]

In a report published by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in July 2011,[17] the impact on the number of police officers and staff partly due to the reduction to Thames Valley Police's budget following the comprehensive spending review is as follows:

Police officers Police staff PCSOs Total
31 March 2010 (actual) 4,268 2,855 500 7,623
31 March 2015 (proposed) 4,034 2,541 453 7,028

March 2010 figures exclude 166 officers and 145 staff who were paid through the Thames Valley payroll system but were seconded to national and regional duties and were externally funded.

Performance[edit]

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary[edit]

A report from March 2010 by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary marked Thames Valley Police as 'fair' on local crime and policing, 'fair' on protection from serious harm and 'fair' on confidence and satisfaction.[18]

In detail, Thames Valley was awarded only one 'excellent' for reducing road death and injury. They were 'fair' in all other categories except 'solving crime' and 'comparative satisfaction of BME community' and 'low/medium' for 'number of police officers and PCSOs'. They were praised for their 14% reduction in burglary after 'Operation Breaker' in July 2009.

Independent Police Complaints Commission[edit]

In the year 2008/9 the number of complaints recorded decreased by 2% but an increase of 8% above the previous years national average. The number of allegations recorded increased by 23% and 11% above the previous years national average.[19][20] Thames Valley Police received 947 complaints and 1903 allegations, the national average being 338 per 1000 officers, TVP has 372, and TVP is just above 369 per 1000 officers, the average from a group of similar forces.

Of allegations 23% were 'failure or neglect in duty', 19% were 'incivility, impoliteness and intolerance', 14% 'assault', 4% were 'discrimination' and 1% were 'breach of PACE Code A'.[20]

And of the 1903 allegations, 51% were investigated, 36% were locally resolved, 6% were withdrawn, 7% were dispensed and 0% were discontinued. Of the 51% allegations investigated 13% were substantiated and 87% were unsubstantiated.[20]

Thames Valley Police investigates the greatest amount of allegations compared to its peer forces, its investigation rate is 15% higher than the national average. Its use of 'local resolution' has dropped 12% since 2005/6. Thames Valley has fewer allegations that are withdrawn, dispensed or discontinued.[20]

Controversy[edit]

Firearms training incident[edit]

On 30 May 2007 at Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington whilst teaching a half-day course on firearms, PC David Micklethwaite demonstrated a Magnum .44 revolver which he had mistakenly loaded with live rounds. He pointed the gun at Keith Tilbury, a police phone operator attending the course, and fired the gun, almost killing Mr Tilbury.[21][22]

The firearms instructor was reported to have failed the qualification at a Metropolitan Police training course, but TVP decided he would pass their less stringent test and was therefore suitable to teach the lesson, despite not having been provided with additional training since failing the Metropolitan Police course. The instructor was told to cover the lesson at short notice and accidentally picked up a live round from the force's armoury instead of dummy rounds. This mistake occurred due to both live and dummy rounds both being kept in the same Quality Street tin.[23]

Mr Tilbury underwent immediate surgery to his bowel, kidney, lung and liver. In court, it was said he was unlikely to work again.

Thames Valley Police pleaded guilty to breaching regulations; they were fined £40,000 and £25,000 for legal costs. Constable Micklethwaite initially denied any wrongdoing, but later admitted to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. PC Micklethwaite was not charged with misconduct because he retired from the Thames Valley Police before misconduct proceedings could be completed.[24]

Underage PCSOs[edit]

In 2007 Thames Valley Police admitted to being one of the five forces that had employed Police Community Support Officers that were both aged 16. Although this is not illegal, as the minimum age limit applies to Constables, not PCSOs. However the public and the Police Federation accused the idea as being "policing on the cheap" as an under 18 has a different wage scale and could cost £10,000 less. It was also feared that the officers were being placed in unreasonable danger as PCSOs have been attacked and stabbed in the past.[25]

Budget cuts[edit]

Proposed merger[edit]

Proposals made by the Home Secretary on 20 March 2006 would see the force stay as a single strategic police force for the area, a merger with Hampshire Constabulary having been rejected.[26]

Due to the large size of Thames Valley Police and that it is already made up of five police forces, it is unlikely it will be asked to merge with another force.

Budget deficit[edit]

Thames Valley Police has to make savings of £52 million over the next four years. Chief Constable Thornton said that they would have to 'cut back on all non-essential activity'. 347 million pounds of savings have been identified including back office cuts and efficiency measures, as well as cutting officers numbers by 10%, meaning 800 officers.[27][28][29]

In the media[edit]

The most famous Thames Valley Police officer may be the fictional Inspector Morse (along with his aide, Sergeant Lewis), the main character in 13 novels by Colin Dexter and 33 television episodes by ITV. Also, Inspector Barnaby's Midsomer Murders often have recognizable Thames Valley locations behind fictitious names such as "Causton" (Wallingford), set in fictional Midsomer Constabulary.

In 1982 the BBC broadcast a nine-part series by Roger Graef and Charles Stewart entitled Police, which showed a fly-on-the-wall account of Thames Valley's E Division based in Reading. This featured the rather demeaning treatment of a female victim of rape which was much discussed in the media at the time.[30]

Between 2003 and 2008 a Sky1 programme, Road Wars, followed the Roads Policing Proactive and Problem Solving Team while they carried out their duties. The series followed a select group of officers on duty, who as a result became too well known causing the Chief Constable to ask Sky to move their programme to another force.

Other activities[edit]

IT resource merger[edit]

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Police authorities have agreed to share ICT support and infrastructure, with all IT workers now employees of Thames Valley Police. This will also include the Isle of Wight, a division of Hampshire Police. The partnership in Information Technology is the first of its kind in the country.[31][32]

Thames Valley Police Museum[edit]

The 'White House' at Sulhamstead where the Thames Valley Police Museum is housed.

The Thames Valley Police Museum is located within Sulhamstead House, known locally as the 'White House', at Sulhamstead in the English county of Berkshire. The site was formerly the headquarters of the Berkshire Constabulary, and is now the training centre for the Thames Valley Police. The museum is open by appointment.

The museum includes displays on the history of Thames Valley Police and the five police forces that were amalgamated to form the force in 1968; the Buckinghamshire Constabulary, the Berkshire Constabulary, Oxford City Police, the Oxfordshire Constabulary and the Reading Borough Police. The museum's collections include items from the Great Train Robbery of 1963, uniforms, equipment, medals, photographs, scenes of crime evidence, and occurrence and charge books.

In 2006, the exhibition space of the museum was renovated.

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty. The Police Memorial Trust since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.

The following officers of Thames Valley Police are listed by the Trust as having died attempting to prevent, stop or solve a crime, since the turn of the 20th century:[33]

  • PC Roger Brereton, 1987 (shot in the Hungerford massacre)
  • WPC Joanne Mary Cochran, 1984 (fatally injured when her vehicle crashed during a police pursuit)
  • DC Ian Coward QPM, 1971 (shot nine times attempting to arrest an armed suspect; posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal)
  • Insp James Roy Bradley, 1967 (run over by a suspect car at a roadblock)
  • DC Brian Moss, 1953 (fell through a roof while searching for suspects)
  • PC William John Payne, 1949 (collapsed and died after pursuing a burglar)
  • Insp Francis John East, 1944 (fatally injured when pushed off a vehicle by a suspect)

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