Career Development

Thames Valley Police relies on the leadership skills of our people at all levels. The Force is committed to supporting the leadership and professional development of our officers. Our aim is to empower individuals and teams to develop their skills in line with organisational objectives and to enable them to achieve their pesonal career goals, whether via promotion or lateral development.

Police Officers

Promotion through the ranks is one way to develop your career with Thames Valley Police. The diversity of the work available also means that you can apply to move, with appropriate training, into a specialised area such as:

  • Dog Section
  • Roads Policing
  • Firearms
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Criminal Investigations Department

There are also opportunities to develop further in the important core role of neighbourhood policing which requires specialist skills.

Our Leadership & Professional Development team offer support with applications for promotion or specialist roles. We allocate an appropriate mentor in line with your personal aspirations and offer leadership development courses to enhance supervisory skills and realise your leadership potential.

Internally, we run a range of courses covering communication skills, IT skills, problem solving skills and many more.

Police Staff

In order to ensure that our staff are skilled and trained to support frontline policing, we are committed to investing in the leadership and professional development of all police staff. Our aim is to develop their skills in order to build a professional workforce who is committed to serving the public.

During your career, there is the opportunity to achieve a National Vocational Qualification. The qualifications are currently offered in Customer Service, Business and Administration, Contact Centre and Management. You will receive on-the-job training and coaching, and will be assessed by an occupationally competent assessor against national standards. Once the standards are achieved, you will receive a certificate which is recognised nationally.

For those who have aspirations for career progression or lateral development, our team will allocate an appropriate mentor in line with your personal aspirations. You may be offered to undertake leadership development courses to enhance your supervisory skills and realise your leadership potential.