Thames Valley Police is actively looking for people to ‘be the difference they want to see’ in their community.
The force is now accepting expressions of interest for both Police Constable entry routes, ahead of applications opening for those with a degree qualification on 8 August via the Police Constable-Degree Holder Entry Programme (PC-DHEP).
This will be followed by an opportunity for those who do not hold a degree to join via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) on 1 September.
Since introducing the new Police Constable entry routes in 2019, in partnership with Bucks New University (BNU), Thames Valley Police has recruited over 170 new officers from a wide variety of backgrounds.
In the past 12 months, 43.4% of those new joiners have been female, whilst 14.3% of new joiners have been from Black, Asian or Minority-Ethnic backgrounds.
The new student officers have ranged in age from 19 to 51, bringing with them a wide variety of previous life and work experience including community mental health support, the military, retail and leisure, foster care, the prison service, the travel industry, teaching, animal welfare, as well as university graduates and college leavers.
A spokesperson for the force explains: "Despite their many differences, our new recruits all share a common purpose; to serve the public, protect our communities and keep people safe; it is this natural affinity to help others that we are looking for now.
"Policing is a challenging yet rewarding career. It offers opportunities for progression and specialization, plus unrivalled camaraderie and team spirit. It is not easy though; we serve the public 24/7, 365, demand is high and the reality is that you are dealing with people often at the worst moment of their lives who will be looking to you for support."
Chief Constable John Campbell adds: “When things are at their worst for people, I want us to be at our best.
"We are looking for resilient individuals whose first instinct is to help and support others; the problem solvers and solution-finders, those calm under pressure, who ask questions and are curious, but also approachable with a natural ability to communicate with people from all walks of life.
"Does this sound like you or someone you know, who can make a positive impact in the community?"
To find out more about a policing career with TVP – including the realities of working on Response and more about initial training and to register your interest in applying please visit: www.tvpcareers.co.uk/police-officer