Roads policing

Thames Valley Police is determined to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and crimes on our roads.

We are responsible for policing the roads of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. This includes large parts of the M1, M4, M40 and M25 motorways, a total of 196 miles - more than any other British police force. These roads are among the busiest routes in Europe.

Find out about our Roads Policing department.

We aim to do this through:

  • Driver education schemes.
  • Speed enforcement, including speed cameras and fixed penalty tickets.
  • The use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
  • Targeting disqualified drivers who use our roads.

Joint Operations Unit

Roads Policing Unit (RPU) facts and figures 2013:

  • RPU officers attended 44,447 emergency incidents across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley which equates to 16.5 per cent of all emergency recorded incidents.
  • RPU officers dealt with and investigated 109 fatal collisions, 1,752 serious injury collisions and 6,829 slight injury collisions.
  • In order to actively reduce the number of those killed or seriously injured on the roads RPU officers issued a total of 63,180 notices to drivers committing road traffic offences: 24,080 for excess speed; 14,005 to drivers using a mobile phone; 14,677 to persons not wearing a seatbelt; 3,932 to persons for anti-social road use (anti-social road use includes no insurance, no licence and driving without due care offences).
  • RPU officers arrested 3,621 people. Of these, a total 47 per cent were for traffic-related offences and 53 per cent were for crime.
  • Roads Policing were responsible for 7.1 per cent of all people arrested for a serious acquisitive crime offence.
  • RPU officers seized 5,901 vehicles for no insurance/licence offences.
  • The Joint RPU establishment is 369 police officers and equates to 4.8 per cent of the Force's police strength.

To watch a video listing some of our statistics, visit the Thames Valley Police YouTube account. (opens new window)

All the above statistics are for the period January to December 2013.

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