Thames Valley Police open day returns

Every summer, Thames Valley Police (TVP) opens its doors 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 its training centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading.

The 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.

There will be displays from the dogs section, while the force helicopter will be dropping by and officers will give a series of talks on their work.

There are a range of interactive activities to get involved in, including a scavenger hunt, plus a fancy dress competition where children can come dressed in their best police-themed costume.

The force museum will be relaunching with its return to Sulhamstead, following the refurbishment of the White House.

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.

This year, the force says it has “strengthened our traffic management plans to ensure that you are able to access the event smoothly”.

It added: “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.”

Entrance to the site is free and last entry will be at 3.30pm for a 4pm close. Seating on site is limited, so feel free to bring picnic blankets.

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.”