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Thames Valley Police


Thames Valley Police provides policing services to the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The police force area covers 2,216 square miles in the south east of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Thames Valley is generally affluent. Around 2.3 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Oxford and the towns of Milton Keynes, Reading, Aylesbury, Maidenhead and Slough. The resident population is ethnically diverse, with 15 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, commute into, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Thames Valley
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Eastern region

Contact Zoë Billingham

PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Thames Valley Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Thames Valley Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Thames Valley Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime good.

The extent to which Thames Valley Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Thames Valley Police’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Thames Valley

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.





Key facts

Force Area

2,216 square miles


2.34m people 10% local 10 yr change


75% frontline 78% national level
3.2 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
5% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


45p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

  1. Cut crime and reduce reoffending
  2. Protecting vulnerable people
  3. Put victims and witnesses at the heart of the CJS
  4. Ensure police are visible and act with integrity
  5. Reduce the public’s fear of crime.
  6. Protect the public from serious organised crime, terrorism and internet based crime
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To reduce crime and disorder we will primarily tackle alcohol misuse, cyber crime, rural crime, business crime and integrated offender management. To protect the public from harm we will focus on violence against women and girls, safeguarding and support for victims. Delivering an efficient and effective police force is being ensured through the Strategic Alliance with West Mercia, as well as scrutinising police integrity. Local communities are being empowered through our engagement strategy, which ensures a meaningful dialogue between the public and their PCC. We are fulfilling the Strategic Policing Requirement by working with regional partners.

Thames Valley PCC

Anthony-Stansfeld-PCC-Thames-ValleyAnthony Stansfeld


Thames Valley Police


Chief Constable Francis Habgood, appointed in April 2015

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