Every summer, Thames Valley Police (TVP) opens its doors to the public for its annual force Open Day.
This year, the event will take place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 10 August and will be hosted at our training centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading.
The Open Day provides a fantastic opportunity for you to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to police one of the biggest non-metropolitan policing areas in the country.
Our Roads Policing Unit, Forensic Investigations Unit, Contact Management team and Specialists Operations team are just a handful of over 50 exhibitors who will be attending to showcase their work.
We have displays from our dogs section, our local search and rescue dogs and our public order team who have a new twist in store this year. The force helicopter will be dropping by with an opportunity for you to meet the pilots and grab a photo.
Over the course of the day we will have 11 exciting talks for you to hear, including some of our officers from a multitude of roles across the force giving their career highlights and experiences. You can also find out what family liaison entails, what it’s like to answer the 999 and 101 calls and learn about the history of Thames Valley Police.
There are a range of interactive activities to get involved in, including our scavenger hunt which will see you take a trip round our stalls to follow the clues and bring out your inner detective. And of course, the fancy dress competition will be returning for its third year, children can come dressed in their best police themed costume to be in for a chance of winning a fantastic prize.
The force museum will be relaunching with its return to Sulhamstead, following the refurbishment of the White House. It will be open all day enabling you to discover the force’s history and also stop by the shop.
As at previous events, TVP will also be raising funds for two worthy charities.This year the public’s donations will go towards supporting PACT and Pilgrim Bandits. PACT stands for Parents and Children Together and they work to build and strengthen families by providing a range of support through a number of innovative community projects. The Pilgrim Bandits charity aims to use their unique training as Special Force’s veterans to help and inspire injured personnel to live life to the full.
This year, we have strengthened our traffic management plans to ensure that you are able to access the event smoothly. It is important that you follow the signs to the event as the roads will be busy, and narrow country lanes can make it difficult to turn around if you go the wrong way.
Car parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Assistance dogs are permitted to the event, other visitors with dogs will be turned away and dogs must not be left in vehicles.
Bag searches will be taking place upon entry to the event. Entrance to the site is free and last entry will be at 3.30pm for a 4pm close.
Seating on site is limited, so please feel free to bring picnic blankets with you.
Chief Constable John Campbell will be opening the day, he said: “This year is our thirteenth force Open Day and will have a theme of recruitment.
“There will be a variety of stalls and exhibits, displays in the main arena from public order, dogs section and the mounted section, key speaker talks in Holdsworth Hall and a fancy dress competition.
“With a wealth of representation from departments from across the force and our partners, this is a great opportunity to gain an insight into policing, to get involved and to meet some of our officers, staff and volunteers too.”
Notes to Editors:
Media interviews will be available with Chief Constable John Campbell and Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld at the start of the day.