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Transferee Officer



Why Transfer to Thames Valley Police?

Thames Valley is the largest non-metropolitan police force in the country, covering 2,200 square miles of rural and urban areas across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Serving a diverse population of over 2.1 million and having 6 million visitors each year Thames Valley Police offers an exciting opportunity for both policing and career development.

A diverse and well supported organisation policing diverse and vibrant communities, we are committed to supporting our staff, eliminating all forms of discrimination and promoting equality. We welcome transferees from all backgrounds and experiences who meet our eligibility criteria, recognising that a diverse organisation is what helps to make us part of the communities we serve.

Over 4,100 officers serve the people of the Thames Valley, supported by over 700 Special Constables (Volunteer Police Officers), 500 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), 2,500 Police Staff and 600 Police Support Volunteers. They all work together to keep the Thames Valley safe.

Career Development

Thames Valley Police relies on the leadership skills of its staff at all levels. The Force is committed to supporting the leadership and career development of all staff and to developing their skills in line with organisational objectives and their personal career goals (whether promotion or lateral development).

Although our transfer applications are open only to PC level applicants, we actively run promotion boards throughout the year for serving officers. We currently run two promotion boards for PC to Sergeant and one to two boards for Sergeant to Inspector, allowing your career to further develop.

Pay and Allowances

Thames Valley Police adheres to the national pay scales and as such you will transfer on the same pay increment you currently receive.

All Thames Valley Police officers currently receive South East Housing Allowance on top of national pay scales. This currently stands at £2000 per annum and we also offer a compensatory tax grant. It is available to all officers who have been serving since 1994 with no break in service. A scheme is also available for long serving officers who joined before this date.

Whether you are a member of The New Police Pension Scheme (NPPS) or the Police Pension Scheme (PPS) you automatically transfer to Thames Valley Police on the same pension scheme as you are on in your existing force (as long as you don’t have a break in service). Please note that the British Transport Police pension scheme is a different scheme from the PPS. Anyone transferring to TVP from the BTP since April 2006 cannot join the PPS. Please contact Mouchel Business Services on 01642 727333 for further information and specific advice.


Thames Valley Police officers qualify for various concessions and services, such as reduced gym membership, travel concessions and technology savings.

We promote sustainable travel choices such as walking, cycling and public transport.

We operate various schemes to support this, including the Cycle to Work scheme, TVP Liftshare scheme and various concessions on selected Thames Valley buses and trains.

To help promote a healthy work/life balance Thames Valley Police offers some fantastic discounts on days out, leisure travel, theatre shows, theme parks and many more! 

Personal support and advice

Thames Valley Police is a caring employer and provide a whole range of support initiatives to help with both you and your family's welfare. These include:

  • Flexible Working - Thames Valley Police is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and recognises that flexible working practices offer benefits both for the organisation and for all members of staff. Any officer can apply for flexible working due to demands of parental care, caring for an adult or for other specified needs.
  • Occupational health and welfare counselling
  • Employee Assistance Programme to help you with practical information resources and counselling on emotional, work/life or financial issues. It is a 24 hour, 365 days a year service
  • A range of development and mentoring schemes
  • Membership of the Police Federation
  • Various Staff Associations and Support Networks which you are able to join, including the following:-
  • The Police Federation
  • Unison
  • Support Association for Minority Ethnic Groups (SAME)                         
  • The Gay Police Association
  • British Association of Women in Policing
  • The Christian Police Association
  • The Muslim Police Association
  • Thames Valley Women’s Network.

Shift Pattern

Thames Valley Police Patrol officers work a generic force wide shift pattern. You may view this shift pattern here.


You can expect to have 25-30 days paid annual holiday, depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays and rest days.

In addition, we also make provision for a number of other forms of leave, including:

  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Special leave with pay
  • Special leave without pay
  • Carers leave
  • Parental leave
  • Career breaks of up to five years.

Please note that we are unable to honor any pre-booked annual leave. Annual leave can only be requested when you join us.


There are a number of accommodation options open to you when joining Thames Valley Police. These include renting force single accommodation or other key worker accommodation which you can usually apply for before you start with us. Other options include renting and purchasing a property through the Government’s HomeBuy Scheme. Please note that it is your responsibility to find suitable accommodation prior to your start date.

Accommodation Advice and Assistance Leaflet

Our Aims and Objectives

To view Thames Valley Police’s aims and objectives click here.


For details on eligibility and the transferee recruitment process please see our application advice page.


To speak to a member of the HR Resourcing team or to request an application pack please call or email 0845 2666677 (option 5) hrresourcing@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk