Vision, Energy and Inspiration
The Thames Valley Partnership was formed in 1993, at the instigation of Charles (now Sir Charles) Pollard, the then Chief Constable of the Thames Valley Police. Operating out of the old County Police Station in Thame its original purpose was to co-ordinate and stimulate the local services’ responses to crime and their efforts to promote community safety. Our first Chair of Trustees, Lady Margaret Popplewell was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire 1993 and Nick Wall our first Chief Executive, seconded from the Prison Service. With further secondments quickly following from the Police and Probation Service the small team that was the Partnership was born.
From the outset, our work was founded upon a strong value base which includes a belief:
- in social justice
- that people and relationships count for more than structures and processes
- that everyone deserves respect and is of equal value as a human being – no-one should ever be seen as beyond hope
- and that what happens in childhood can have a profound effect later on, often from one generation to the next.
The best and most realistic hope for reducing crime and its consequences is with families and communities – and this has always been reflected in our work particularly those around early intervention, domestic violence, restorative justice and community safety.