• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Thames Valley Police is a forward thinking, modern police force who provide a wide range of career opportunities, specialist posts, career development and promotion prospects.

We cover a wide geographical area including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire with a unique mix of urban and rural policing. The communities we serve are diverse and we are committed to working together to make our communities safer.

We have exciting opportunities available for experienced Detective Constables (or those with the ambition to become one) from all backgrounds currently serving with other Home Office Forces. As well as many staff benefits we provide you a wide range of career opportunities, specialist posts, as well as development and promotion prospects. Being a large Force there are many opportunities to specialise and get promoted. If you think you have the skills and passion we are looking for and are able to show commitment to achieving high levels of attendance and performance then apply now.

To be eligible to join as a transferee, applicants must the below criteria:

  • Currently serve within another Home Office.
  • Have passed the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).
  • Live within 20 crow miles of one of our main police stations.
  • Completed full probation period.
  • Officer must have no have live complaints pending against them.
  • Hold a Full Valid UK driver’s license.
  • The recruitment process will follow a set programme of application, paper sift, competency based interview, vetting (including biometrics),medical checks, reference checks and fitness test. Numerous interview dates are available and we can accommodate a range of dates for medical appointments and fitness tests. Applicants are expected to show a degree of flexibility in terms of postings in order for us to meet our operational requirements in serving the public.

    There are separate adverts on our website and application processes for Police Constables to transfer to Thames Valley Police. 

    If you live  outside of 20 crow miles  from one of our main stations then please give us a call to discuss your options prior to submitting an application.

    All officers must attend an initial two week induction course at our Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead near Reading, accommodation is available for those who live outside of travelling distance.

    We do consider applications for officers in specialist roles, if you would like more information on these opportunities please contact us on the email below. 

    If you require any further information about transferring to Thames Valley Police, please email .

    If you are from an underrepresented group and would like to discover what additional support and development opportunities are available, please do not hesitate to contact the Positive Action and Engagement Team who can help facilitate this .

    To find out more about how Thames Valley Police uses your personal data and how to exercise your data rights, see our privacy notice at or request a copy by calling 101.


    Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please


    All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

    At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve. We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.

    Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks. We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process. For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, .

    We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression. They can be contacted via:

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