Police Officer - Rejoiner

Posted on 2nd Jan 2022

Police Officer - Rejoiner

Together, we aim to build stronger, more resilient communities, providing a modern police force which meets the needs of the public we serve.

Preventing and thoroughly investigating crime, supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice. This commitment can’t be achieved by any one person alone; it relies upon a team of over 8,000 staff, officers and volunteers, working alongside partner agencies and with the public.

We cover a wide geographical area including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Our patch is as diverse as they come – historic cities meet vast rural spaces. Cutting-edge organisations work alongside world-class universities. 2.3 million people call it home and 6 million visit each year.

There are four football league clubs and annual high-profile events including Royal Ascot, Reading Festival and Henley Regatta to keep an eye on. We often rise to unique challenges like the Royal Weddings and Presidential visits, with millions of people around the world watching on. We’re home to Windsor Castle and the PM’s country residence Chequers – which means we’re also home to a Protection Group of armed officers second only in size to the Metropolitan Police.

As you can see, policing our region is no mean feat. It takes a dedicated team of officers, staff and volunteers. Our people are our most important asset. As well as many staff benefits, we provide a wide range of career opportunities, specialist posts, as well as development and promotion prospects. 

We are encouraging of former officers returning to policing within TVP; whether you left to focus on family or to try a different career altogether, your new experience will be a valuable addition to the team. In addition, with the five year rejoin rule now removed, it’s easier than ever to return to policing.

We also have exciting opportunities available to specialise in a variety of departments including opportunities for Detective Constables, in ARV and Protection Group (or those with the ambition to join) and many more. Please get in contact to find out further details. 

This is your opportunity to take on a role with pride and confidence, inspiring change in our communities.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to rejoin Thames Valley Police, you must have: 

  • Previously completed your two year probationary period and have been confirmed as a substantive at the rank you are applying to rejoin.
  • Live within 30 crow miles of two of our main police stations by formal offer of appointment.
  • Hold a Full Valid UK driver’s license. 
  • Previously worked at a Home Office force, British Transport Police (BTP), Ministry of Defence Police, Channel Isles or Isle of Man Police. 

If you are applying for a Sergeant or Inspector post, please contact us for a update on our recruitment status.

Recruitment Process

The recruitment process will follow a set programme of application, paper sift, competency based interview, vetting (including biometrics), medical checks, reference checks and fitness test. Numerous interview dates are available and we can accommodate a range of dates for medical appointments and fitness tests.


If you have served as an Officer in the last three years you must attend an initial two week induction course at our Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead near Reading, accommodation is available for those who live outside of travelling distance. All Officers who served more than three years ago will be required to attend a seven week induction course.

If you require any further information about transferring to Thames Valley Police please email Transferees@thamesvalley.police.uk

 If you are from an underrepresented group and would like to discover what additional  support and development opportunities are available, please do not hesitate to contact the Positive Action and Engagement Team who can help facilitate this Positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.police.uk.

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