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6,000 visitors descend on Thames Valley Police Open Day

News   •   Aug 22, 2018 09:59 BST

Chief Constable Francis Habgood with a visitor dressed in a police costume

On Saturday 18 August, Thames Valley Police opened its doors for the twelfth annual Open Day.

The event, opened by Chief Constable Francis Habgood, welcomed 6,000 visitors to the Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading.

Over 40 stands from departments across the force and partners gave families the chance to get a behind the scenes look at what they do. Visitors were able to try on kit worn by officers and even sit in the variety of different vehicles on display.

The main arena hosted displays from the Dog Unit and the Public Order Team with the Mounted Section, showcasing the work they carry out on a daily basis.

After last year’s success, youngsters once again dressed in their best police costumes for the fancy dress competition. The winner this year even made their own outfit.

The main focus of the day was marking 50 years since the formation of Thames Valley Police. The pop-up force museum highlighted the changes that have taken place over this time such as developments in policing and technology used by police. A display of vintage cars also demonstrated this change.

Alongside the displays and stands, there were engaging talks from experienced speakers covering topics such as major crime, answering 999 calls and how safer driving can save lives.

This year, money was being raised for MIND Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and the Police Dependants’ Trust that supports serving and former police officers and staff who have suffered harm as a result of their policing role.

Take a look at a selection of pictures from the day on our Facebook page.