Yesterday I went to the Thames Valley Police open day at the TVP Training Centre at Sulhamstead. This showcases to the public what the police do on day-to-day operations through action, displays and talks. There were displays from the mounted section through to the dog unit as well as a display on riot control.
The first event of the day was the police cadets’ inspection by the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner. He was formally dressed in a very smart uniform with a bright red sash.
Then we went to see the police choir perform a number of popular songs in the entrance to the training centre museum. It was good to see that both the front and back entrances to the museum had ramps this year and there were a number of wheelchairs and people with buggies using them.
Inside the museum there is a series of displays about different crimes and how they were solved. Including one about the Great Train Robbery which took place on the 8th of August 1963. They also had a display of old police radios which I was particularly interested in.
There were also static police vehicles where children could sit in the driving seat and turn on the blue lights and sirens. Needless to say it was very noisy in this area.
The police helicopter was also present and would periodically take-off circle the field and land to the delight of the crowds.
I went to a very interesting talk about solving murders using the latest technology. The police recreate the crime scene as evidence for the jury in a court trial so that they can walk around it in virtual reality just like a computer game. This is very expensive to do as it takes many hours to reconstruct the scene accurately and was initially introduced for particularly difficult cases, however this has become increasingly popular with the courts who have come to expect this as the norm.
This free event is very popular with thousands of people attending from all over Berkshire with lots of different things for all ages to see and do. Access is good and disabled parking is available.
Click the helicopter to see some pictures in the gallery.