Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police
Abbreviation TVP
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Logo of Thames Valley Police
Motto Sit pax in valle tamesis
Let there be peace in the Thames Valley
Agency overview
Formed 1968
Preceding agencies
Annual budget £382.6 million [1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction * Ceremonial counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire in the country of England, United Kingdom
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Map of Thames Valley Police's jurisdiction.
Size 2,200 square miles (5,700 km2)
Population 2.1 million
Legal jurisdiction England and Wales
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary/ Independent Police Complaints Commission
Headquarters Kidlington
Police officers 4,244 [2]
PCSOs 466 [2]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Anthony Stansfeld
Agency executive Francis Habgood, Chief Constable
Facilities
Stations 48
Website
www.thamesvalley.police.uk
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Thames Valley Police, formerly known as Thames Valley Constabulary, is the territorial police force responsible for policing the Thames Valley area covered by the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. [3] [4] It is one of the largest territorial police forces in England covering 2,200 square miles (5,700 km2) and a population of over 2.1 million people. The police force consists of 4,244 constables, 506 special constables, 466 Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) and 2,576 police staff.

History

Policing in Thames Valley dates back to 1773 when Newbury Borough Police were operating as a small police force; their officers' duties included usual policing activity as well as repairing gates and bridges. The force was one of around twenty borough forces that amalgamated with their county police force. These were Buckinghamshire Constabulary, Oxfordshire Constabulary, Berkshire Constabulary, Reading Borough Police and Oxford City Police founded in 1857, 1857, 1856, 1836 and 1868 respectively. [5] Under the Police Act 1964 these five forces were amalgamated on 1 April 1968 to form Thames Valley Constabulary.

Chief Constables