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Productive and encouraging workplace
A fun and encouraging workplace. Tasks are delagted fairly and responsibly. Management are empathatic and open to suggestion. Training is tailored to the individual and resources are available when needed.
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Stressful, management abusive, regularly heard sexualised comments and racism
Very stressful working environment outdated not fit for purpose and dirty. Regularly subjected to sexualised comments and racism at briefings and in front of colleagues including those of higher rank. IT systems outdated, slow and not fit for purpose. Bullying and constant criticism is the norm. Would not recommend joined for a career left a broken person.
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Challenging and rewarding
No two days are the same and processes continue to change to meet the needs of the organisation and customer. Everyday is a learning day and you have to be prepare to accept and embrace change. The long days can impact on you as an individual and your family life, don't keep things that are worrying you to yourself, talk opening about the good and not so good experiences and aspects of your job. Lean on your family and colleagues for support, your family won;t truly understand what your typical day consist's of and will see you as partner/husband/wife/mum/dad etc first - don't hold this against them, good communication and understanding is needed.
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Loved being in TVP
Loved being in TVP. Very exciting work, great colleagues. Sadly not always compatible with family life and relationships. But that the job! If you want to try it go for it!
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Not for those with a family
I transferred to TVP from the MET police. I was sold a job role that was not as described. I moved to be closer to home to spend more time with the family with a better shift pattern. The shift pattern was going to change, but I was not informed of that. There is a significant feeling of being "just a number"
On a typical day, you will start with a briefing and be allocated a call-sign and given assignments handed over from the shift before. You will need to balance these assignments along with a workload that is already building, attempting to investigate crimes. On top of the work load and assignments, the radio controller will allocate you to people who have called 999 or 101 requesting help. It's a big juggling act and if your time is managed right, can be achieved, but many struggle.

The shift pattern consists of 6 days on (2 earlies, 2 lates, 2 nights) then 4 days off with 1 weekend a month off. If you have children at school, you will miss alot of time with them, If you have a partner working mon-fri, you will miss time with them. The days are long and do not get appreciated for the sacrifices made.

As a police officer, you will constantly feel under staffed with not enough help to share the workload and support when needed.

The officers you work with make the job worth while, you will make friends for life and you're colleagues will be the only support you have.

The role can be rewarding and for a single, young person with no commitments, it can turn into a good career
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The people you work with
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Long hours, poor shift pattern, high work load, constant criticism
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Benefits great but...
Management are selective about promotion. Incompetent management with no support when things go wrong. Duties are unwilling to budge and allow holiday if you and your partner work there together.
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Good Organisation
I would recommend this to anyone, but be prepared there are a lot of processes to follow and the training can be improved/ better. However, the skills you will learn would prepare you for any future role with Investigation in mind.
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Not a great a place to work
Management is poor and they is really no value in you as an individual. You are merely a resource to be used and disposed off. The people you have to deal with are usually all unpleasant and any good work is quickly forgotten.
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Stressful leaves you with PTSD and suicidal
Horrendous place to work former PC with wealth of life experience and knowledge but bullying is rife by senior management, a culture of macho sexism is still rife with no support and you become somebodies PDR entry to further their career. Found organisation to be unsupportive and bias and corrupt at all levels worse higher up you look. Left with PTSD and suicidal as are other staff. If you value your health give working here a miss. No work life balance, constantly fire fighting while crime and incidents to attend are out of hand realistically unable to keep public safe or perform role reasonably.
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Plenty of work and little supervision
You need previous experience as virtually no training given except essential requirements. If however you are applying for a permanent role then this is very different.
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Challenging but Rewarding
Highly recommended - being a Police Officer is a fantastic career option.

I started as a Police Constable - experienced many different life challenges and dealt with the most vulnerable in society.


I made great friends and met great colleagues.


No day was the same.
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Fair employer
Fair employer, good training, opportunities to progress, busy work environment.
Forward thinking senior management team. Urban and rural location postings available.
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Good job, very poor management.
The job was good varied and often exciting. Can be very stressful at times. Very poor work life balance including constant shift changes. Very poor management, no support. They are only interested in their next promotion.
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Exciting
I really enjoyed my time TVP. Unfortunately contract ended. Everyday was a challenge in itself, and never the same, varied and confidential. Loved it.
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Nothing that I can think of.
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Unhealthy Working Environment
TVP has laudable aims but wrings every last drop of commitment from its staff with little in return. The work is important and I'm proud to have served but they operate a blame culture and are quick to act against you for little reason.
This is NOT a healthy place to work if you value your privacy and work/life balance.
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Love policing, don't love Thames Valley Police
TVP is struggling hugely with recruitment and retention. SMT, especially at NPCC level, are woefully out of touch with realities of operational policing and happy to throw staff under the bus to protect themselves.

The fact that the daily management meeting is known as "the 0830 firing squad" is quite telling.


The recent disaster of the "hub" model of policing, which nearly broke the force, led to the promotion of the principle architect. After 18 months of loss of expertise, morale, and staff transferring to other forces, it was quietly removed.


A further over-budget and under-delivered debacle is the contact management system. £4 million over budget as of Sept 2018 and two years (and counting) late with no apparent accountability.


Welfare and support is very limited and is seen as a panacea, rather than removing the root cause. Recent changes to the promotion structure - no interviews, only a letter - have led to a significant decline in the quality of supervisors.


In short, policing is a great career - but there are far better forces out there.
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Hard work but very rewarding
Being a police officer is very specialist and hard work. You become trained in any number of skills and have to deal with some of the most challenging and vulnerable people in society. Very rewarding.
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amazing colleagues
met some amazing people here but management was disappointing which was my reason for leaving. Pay was brilliant but the hard hours made me think we deserved even more ! Overall I would work for TVP again
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Just Don’t!
A dreadful environment, grim, miserable really not enough descriptives! Void of any emotion. The training was awful, ongoing support awful, watched and monitored continually. No opportunity to try and make any kind of friendship within the room. Sign out to take a ‘comfort break’! Facilities are awful. The call centre room is a living Petri dish, breeding not just germs but a culture of bullying and fear.
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Overtime galore
With a lack of resourcing there is a lot of overtime that is happening. It is hard to meet the job's needs if you have dependants. You are part of a family.
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Thames Valley Police, disinterested in providing any qualifications in case you leave. Wont let people move to other departments due to resourcing and hold people back.
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