Police, Fire & Court

Get involved in policing in your community

By John Charlton

Thames Valley Police (TVP) are asking more members of the public to get active and involved in policing matters affecting their communities. They want the public to have a say about what matters most to them working with TVP to identify priorities and solve local issues.

Anyone can contribute to local policing, regardless of age or background. There are roles to suit everyone. Here are a few ways people can get active in their community:

•Community Forums: Open to all members of the public, Community Forums are held both online and in person at times to suit everyone. They let you have a say on what matters most to you, enabling working together to solve issues in your area.

•Independent Advisory Groups: Independently chaired by members of the community, IAGs meet four times a year and help shape the way TVP works and service delivery. IAG members represent their communities, sharing their views on policing issues affecting local people and challenging them when necessary.

•Cadet Leaders: Cadet Leaders help inspire and support TVP young Police Cadets, developing their skills and confidence. They assist with weekly meetings as well as supporting activities and events in the local community. Cadet Leaders need to be over 18 and able to commit to one evening a week with some additional hours when required.

•Fraud and Cyber Crime Prevention Volunteers: Work closely alongside officers and staff to help raise awareness and understanding of fraud and cyber related crime, arranging and attending events as well as offering advice and guidance to both members of the public and businesses.

You can apply for the above roles via the vacancies section of the TVP website.