Active Communities campaign
Thames Valley Police’s Active Communities campaign encourages more people to get active and involved in policing matters and issues affecting our communities.
National Volunteers’ Week in June 2017 marked the start of the Active Communities campaign. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of our Police Support Volunteer (PSV) scheme.
From accountants to app designers and translators to forensics support, Thames Valley’s over 500 PSVs are all ages, come from different backgrounds and have wide-ranging skills. They volunteer in many diverse roles including as puppy socialisers, role players for training exercises and neighbour dispute mediators.
Thames Valley Police has Cadet Units based across the force, with around 250 13 to 18-year-olds on board as Police Cadets who volunteer their time to learn about policing and support their local communities.
The Mini Police scheme has created opportunities for younger children. Launched in June 2017, the scheme was introduced in Reading for children in Year 5 and 6. Mini police children can help with events such as community speed watch and gain an insight into the work of the police.
There are so many opportunities to get involved. Whether it’s joining your local Neighbourhood Watch, getting involved with your Community Forum or simply attending one of your local Have Your Say meetings, you can work with us to help keep our communities safe.
Closer emergency service collaboration without governance changes in the Thames Valley
Police and fire chiefs have pledged to build even closer collaboration without pushing forward with governance changes at this time. The Government introduced new legislation earlier this year to allow Police & Crime Commissioners to take on additional powers in relation to fire and rescue services. Given the complex nature of the arrangements across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire it has been agreed by all services not to pursure costly and complex governance changes at this time.
Instead both police and fire services are continuing to work closely on operational matters to better protect the public. Already the emergency services in Thames Valley are sharing equipment, expertise and premises. All four organisations are committed to finding new ways to save money and improve public protection by working together.