Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police
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Logo of Thames Valley Police
AbbreviationTVP
MottoSit pax in valle tamesis
Let there be peace in the Thames Valley
Agency overview
Formed1968
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£382.6 million[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionBerkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
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Map of Thames Valley Police's jurisdiction.
Size2,200 square miles (5,700 km2)
Population2.1 million
Legal jurisdictionEngland and Wales
General nature• Local civilian agency
Operational structure
Overviewed byHer Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary/Independent Police Complaints Commission
HeadquartersKidlington

Police officers4,244[2]
PCSOs466[2]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
Facilities
Stations48
Notables
People
Website
www.thamesvalley.police.uk

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