Thames Valley Police smash target for recruiting of new officers

Figures released today show that Thames Valley Police have already exceeded their recruitment targets for this year.

As part of the Government's drive to deliver 20,000 additional police officers, Thames Valley has recruiting and deploying additional officers across Thames Valley.

In the first tranche of the national programme, 6,000 new officers were to be recruited by early next year. According to the Home Office plan Thames Valley had a target to recruit and additional 183 police officers by the end of March 2021.

The Force have however smashed that target, and ahead of schedule. As of the end of June 2020 the number of officers had increased by 219. Exceeding the Home Office target by 36 and nine months ahead of schedule. The latest figures show that at the end of last month Thames Valley had almost 4,500 serving police officers working alongside the dedicated police staff, PCSOs and Specials who play such an important role in protecting the public.

Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, said:

"The success of this recruitment drive shows the efficiency of the Force in attracting new officers and deploying them on the streets. I want to say a huge thank you to all of those men and women who have taken the incredible step to put on that uniform and step up to protect the public. There is much work still to do, and recruitment continues, but this huge boost to policing in Thames Valley will help to reduce crime and keep people safe."

Thames Valley Police continues to seek to recruit officers from all backgrounds and communities. Serving the public as a police officer is a hugely rewarding career, playing a vital role in fighting crime and protecting our society. Visit the TVP Careers website to apply for a police officer role. You can read more about police officer roles here.