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Thames Valley Police opens new fitness and personal safety training centre

Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, today (10/1) officially opened the Force’s new fitness and personal safety training centre at Sulhamstead.

Police & Crime Commissioner attends opening of fitness and training centre
Police & Crime Commissioner attends opening of fitness and training centre

The centre will be used to improve and maintain the fitness of operational police officers and staff ensuring they are in the best condition possible to protect the public and catch offenders.

The centre can have up to 100 officers and staff in the residence at any time, and further provides a significant improvement in the facilities available to local residents.

It will also provide a location for personal safety training refresher courses for the Force’s 5,000 plus workforce. Thames Valley Police previously had to hire facilities for these purposes.

The building was officially opened by the Home Secretary, who said: “I am delighted to officially open Thames Valley Police’s new personal safety training centre. This is an outstanding new facility that will support the highest levels of training and fitness, and will further boost Thames Valley Police’s work to reduce crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld added: “I am delighted that the Home Secretary was able to take the time out of her busy schedule to visit Thames Valley Police for the opening of our new building.

“This up to date facility is an important new building and will provide police officers with a fit for purpose place to train, so they can reach the fitness levels we now require and successfully carry out their duties.”

Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, Sara Thornton said the centre would help officers catch criminals “We all expect police officers and operational police staff to be fit and healthy in order to protect the public from harm. This great new personal safety training centre will help us to ensure that all our staff have the best chance to meet the new fitness standards and therefore to run after and catch burglars!,” she added.