Thames Valley Police
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Their only goal is figures and they are not interested in staff. Turn over is high due to the ridiculous hours and they will happily cancel rest days or leave with no notice
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What started as a great job eventually went downhill with numerous colleagues leaving as they were so unhappy. Financial cuts, department shake ups and mismanagement by overpaid Managers most of whom were promoted within but held no real management qualifications. There seemed to be a culture to make long serving workers so unhappy they will leave and can very easily be replaced by desperately keen to please newbies on a much lower salary, poorer pension scheme and a contract to do tasks others had a right to refuse. It worked!. Although even some of these new replacements soon see the light and quickly move on.
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Hard to recall any anymore
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Poor management throughout. Pay cuts. Changes for the sake of it.
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Been working at TVP for the last 12 years. Great career and good pay if you're not from a BME background. If you happen to be BME, you'll be working twice as hard to get half as much as your Caucasian colleagues. The force is backward on race relations and you'll always be a second class member and a box ticking exercise. Management is awful too.
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Good career, good pay.
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Awful management, bad race relations
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There are good reasons why TVP recruit to these positions so continually. It takes a certain type of person to tolerate the old fashioned and heavy handed management style and operational scrutiny, the stressful and dirty environment, the cliques and inconsistent expectations. The shift times and pattern are not for everyone and despite assurances, shift times were subject to late changes - I found that time with family and friends was then far more compromised than I’d been led to believe. I felt like a number, not an individual all the way through. Awful for me and for many so I’d say do seriously consider what you really need and want and will tolerate in a work environment before taking steps in this role.
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Not driving in rush hour traffic
Cons
So many. Too many.
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Official response from Thames Valley Police
17 September 2020
Thank you for your comment. We regret that your experience wasn't more positive, and we will raise your concerns internally. Digital Communications Officer (Recruitment)
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Fast passed and challenging, but rewarding Shifts can be difficult however you can apply for flexI shifts Great team work Management are supportive No two days are the same
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Honestly i'd love to go back, and may very well do so. TVP creates a family environment in which you do feel safe and happy. I would definitely recommend
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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, good training, opportunities to progress, busy work environment. Forward thinking senior management team. Urban and rural location postings available.
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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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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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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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