Thames Valley Police

Website:  thamesvalley.police.uk

Core Business:

Thames Valley Police (TVP) is the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales. We police the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, which are divided into 12 Local Policing Areas, including Oxford City.

TVP serves a large population of 2.3 million people from diverse social, economic, cultural and religious backgrounds across both urban and rural geographical areas. We also serve the 6 million visitors who come to Thames Valley each year. We patrol 196 miles of motorway – more than any other British police force.

Our officers, staff and volunteers, work with our partners and the public, to provide services to cut crime and anti-social behaviour to make the Thames Valley and our community a safer place to live and work.

Staff/Members:

TVP employs over 7,500 police officers, police support staff and police community support officers who are supported by over 1200 special constables and volunteers.  Staff are located in approximately 200 buildings on 160 sites within the TVP area.

We have a fleet of over 1000 vehicles maintained by 3 vehicle workshops within the force area and we have access to helicopters as a member of the National Police Air Service. TVP forms part of Chiltern Transport Consortium which also includes Bedfordshire Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, with a combined fleet of over 2600 vehicles.

Low Carbon Credentials:  

The Force takes seriously its responsibility for minimising any adverse impact its policing activities have on the environment.  This includes energy conservation within our buildings and fleet, reducing waste, recycling and minimising any potential for a pollution incident.

TVP developed a Carbon Management Plan for 2010-15. This delivered a 9% reduction in carbon emissions over the period. This was achieved through a range of initiatives including improved insulation, voltage optimisation, photovoltaic cells, LED Lighting and Building Management System improvements.

A further CMP has been developed for 2015-20. “Our Low Carbon Vision is committed to minimising carbon emissions associated with our activities, and to actively engage with our staff to establish a culture to reduce emissions and associated costs in our building estate and vehicle fleet”.

The CMP quantifies our annual carbon emissions, around 24,000 tonnes of CO² in 2014/15.  Around 16,000 tonnes (67%) were produced from our buildings. With the remaining 8,000 tonnes (33%) being produced from our transport activities (Inc. operational vehicles & business travel). The CMP states our commitment to a 33% reduction in CO² emissions over a ten year period from 2009/10 baseline levels to 2019/20.

Reductions will be achieved by identifying and implementing a further range of energy efficient measures and initiatives, to reduce the burning of fossil fuels which we use to produce energy within our buildings and fuel for our vehicle fleet.

The same processes we use to identify carbon emissions reduction will also identify and realise financial savings which is a main driver. This will help manage TVP’s annual energy bill for buildings and the vehicle fuel bill.

Legislation provides a number of other drivers:

  • Providing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for our buildings e.g. at the point of sale, purchase or lease.
  • Producing Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for over 30 of our buildings which have public access, to be displayed to the public.
  • Also the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) requires TVP to monitor, assess and manage carbon emissions of its buildings throughout the year, to be reported annually to the Environment Agency. TVP are charged for every tonne of CO² emitted which is a significant sum per year, so an incentive for reducing the force’s carbon emissions.

Although these drivers increase the cost of compliance, they make building energy performance more transparent.

Reason for being part of the Low Carbon Oxford network:

There is a national commitment and Government expectation that public sector organisations such as TVP will lead by example on climate change within the communities they serve, by reducing their own carbon related emissions. With increasing frequency, we are seeing news reports of extreme and adverse weather conditions including flooding. These directly impact on both our operational duties and resources.

TVP already have a number of Steering Groups within the organisation to achieve our aims. The TVP Environmental Management Group acts as a focal point for this work and includes members such as Health & Safety, Property Services, Transport, Procurement, ICT and Finance Departments. The Force also has a dedicated Carbon Reduction Working Group.

TVP staff in key roles, are also members of the National Police Environmental Group (NPEG). NPEG aims to share best practices and case studies to promote our achievements and explain what makes us a key player in making us a sustainable organisation. NPEG also aims to share resources between all Police Forces, the Home Office and Defra, on topics such as environmental management, sustainable procurement, carbon reductions and sustainability. Members are allocated to specific portfolio groups such as; energy, carbon and water reduction, sustainable travel, legal compliance, waste and recycling, behaviour change and benchmarking etc.

TVP is a Pathfinder Member of the LCO Network in order to network and share similar best practices, ideas, resources and communications with partner organisations within both the private and public sector, locally within Oxford, as resources allow.

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