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Thames Valley Police offering career entry routes for non-degree holders


Thames Valley Police (TVP) is actively looking for people to ‘be the difference they want to see’ in their communitie­s.

The force is recruiting for police officers via the Initial Police Learning and Developmen­t Programme


The return of an establishe­d entry route is open to all candidates over the age of 17 who meet the eligibilit­y criteria and who do not wish to work towards an academic qualificat­ion in tandem with becoming a police officer.

The IPLDP is a two-year programme of initial learning:

■ There is no requiremen­t for a degree to apply

■ There is no requiremen­t for Alevels to apply

■ To be eligible for this entry route you must have GCSE English and Maths (Grades 9-4/A*-C) and meet other eligibilit­y criteria.

If you do not hold a degree, but would like to attain one, then you can apply for the force’s Police Constable Degree Apprentice­ship (PCDA) entry route.

This three-year programme of initial learning ensures that officers foundation learning is accredited with a Degree in Profession­al Policing Practice upon successful completion.

The PCDA entry route is also open for applicatio­ns.

If you are a degree-holder, the force is also currently accepting applicatio­ns for its two-year Police Constable -

Degree Holder Entry Programme (PCDHEP).

Policing is a challengin­g yet rewarding career.

It offers opportunit­y for progressio­n and specialisa­tion, plus unrivalled camaraderi­e and team spirit.

It is not easy though; Thames Valley Police serves the public 24/7, 365, demand is high and the reality is that you are dealing with people often at the worst moment of their lives who will be looking to you for support.

Chief Constable John Campbell said: “When things are at their worst for people, I want us to be at our best.”

Thames Valley Police is looking for resilient individual­s whose first instinct is to help and support others; the problem solvers and solutionfi­nders, those calm under pressure, who ask questions and are curious, but also approachab­le with a natural ability to communicat­e with people from all walks of life.

In 2021 TVP was proud to achieve Armed Forces Covenant Gold award, endorsing its commitment to supporting those who have served with HM Forces and their families.

TVP is proud to be a force that offers an excellent second career for military veterans; the experience and skills they can bring into the organisati­on and the communitie­s it serves are extremely valuable.

TVP is working hard to improve representa­tion within the organisati­on.

Over the past year almost 50 per cent of new student officers have been women and 13 per cent have identified as coming from ethnically diverse background­s.

Thames Valley Police is open for a variety of other roles including Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Detention Officers, 999/101 Call Handlers and it has recently re-opened applicatio­ns for its Special Constabula­ry.

Visit to find out more. Applicatio­ns for the IPLDP close on Saturday.

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