Custody services brought in-house

Thames Valley Police has brought its custodial services back in-house as of today (1/4).

All Detention Officers working in the force’s Custody Suites are now employees of Thames Valley Police, having previously been employees of a private service delivery company whose contract ended at 7am today.

The process to transfer the employees from the private service company to TVP was in line with The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE Regulations), which ensure that an employee’s rights and obligations under their current contract of employment are transferred to the receiving organisation.

The change in provision was originally announced in November 2018 when the Chief Constable’s Management Team confirmed their decision to bring custodial services back in-house. Since then, the force has been working closely with the private service company to ensure a smooth transition. This included a period of consultation.

Supt Katy Barrow-Grint, Head of Criminal Justice, said: “I’m delighted that we have completed the process smoothly and on schedule, and I formally welcome all Detention Officers across the force as official employees of Thames Valley Police.

“Whilst the day-to-day service will not involve significant change for officers and staff, bringing the provision of our custody services in-house will be a positive move for our force.

“I would like to thank everyone concerned in the process for their hard work and commitment to facilitating a professional transition.”