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Come and meet our TVP Positive Action and Engagement Team

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At Thames Valley Police (TVP), we aspire and are working hard towards having a police force that truly reflects the communities we serve. Our region is increasingly diverse and it is important our workforce reflects this, ensuring our officers, staff and volunteers are approachable and relatable to our communities.

Our force has further invested in its Positive Action and Engagement Team (PAET) following a successful two-year pilot started in 2019.  The team was set up just prior to the announcement of the National Police Officer Uplift Programme in October 2019, as the force recognised a need to improve representation to reflect the diverse communities it serves.

The team now comprises of six serving Police Officers: PC Pete Butt-Gow, PC Yasser Zubair, PC Shaharyar Khan,  PC Sylvia Masih-Gill, PC Lucy Williams, PC Misbah Ali, and is currently led by Acting Sergeant Abhilasha Bajwa, with Sergeant Reyan AL-Owaied taking the helm from May 2022.

The team not only encourages individuals from our diverse communities to consider policing, but also helps to support and encourage applicants during the recruitment process; that support continues once student officers are in-force through signposting to mentoring and coaching.
TVP’s PAET is starting their 2022 activity with an informal community event on Thursday 17 February 2022, taking place in Reading at The Spirit Lounge, The Pavilion, 143-145 Oxford Road, RG1 7UY.

Register to attend the event

A/Sgt Bajwa and the team invites anyone curious about a policing career to come down for an informal conversation. Meet the team and understand their career journeys.  Learn what being a Police Officer involves in the Thames Valley.  Find out about the specialist career paths you can take once you have passed basic training.  

A/Sgt Abhilasha Bajwa says: “Everyone has something valuable to bring to policing. Whether it be an in depth understanding about a particular culture or ethnicity, difference in age or gender, variety in experience before policing, maybe even a personal life experience which has shaped how you think – it is all valued in the world of policing. 
“If you have strong, positive morals and values, and believe in doing the right thing, then policing may well be the perfect career for you.  Be the difference you want to see – come and meet the team.”

The team supported student officer Sanika Mehta, currently on the force’s Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) during her recruitment journey she says: “Although I have enjoyed my previous jobs, there wasn’t always a sense of job satisfaction. I therefore decided that I wanted something more challenging and fulfilling. My engagement with the PAET helped me re-build my confidence, learning from their advice and their experiences. It really made a difference having the team work with me and encourage me.”  
To find out more about the Positive Action and Engagement Team (PAET) and the work that Thames Valley Police is doing to support access to aspiring people from all backgrounds interested in a career in policing, please visit us Valuing Difference page on our TVP Careers website.

TVP is currently accepting applications for our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (PC-DHEP) – to learn more and apply visit our Police Officer page.
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Emilie Philpott (Police, Recruitment Events Co-Ordinator , Thames Valley)

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