Ride Along Scheme (Lay Observation)

Ride Along Scheme (Lay Observation)

Wiltshire Police is committed to involving the public in policing and welcome members of the public over 18 years old to undertake ‘Ride Along’ patrols with officers.

The Ride Along Scheme forms part of the Forces commitment under the  Home Office’s Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme which is aimed at providing opportunities for members of the public to accompany police officers on patrol where they might deploy stop and search powers..

Due to the nature of the role, there is no guarantee that people participating in the Ride Along Scheme will witness a stop and search taking place; this is because the police powers of stop and search are only used when there is an  operational requirement.

However, participating in the Ride Along Scheme will provide you with the opportunity to potentially see a stop and search taking place, and many other policing activities and procedures; along with getting to know a police officer.

Participants in the scheme must:

  • Be a resident in the Wiltshire Police area
  • Be aged 18 years or above
  • Undergo criminal record checks. If you have previous convictions, your involvement on the scheme will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • You will be asked to confirm your acceptance of the indemnity and confidentiality disclaimer forms
  • You need to think carefully before applying as you may be exposed to upsetting incidents such as road accidents involving deaths or injured children. We will always try to keep you away from upsetting incidents but your officers could be first on scene before we have established the nature of the incident.
  • You will accompany an experienced officer who will keep you safe but to stay safe you must do exactly what they say.
  • Wiltshire Police reserve the right to refuse participation in this scheme and to terminate the ‘observation’ at any point, if it is necessary for the officer to carry out their work effectively, efficiently and safely.

Please Note:

The following areas of policing are not included in this scheme: the observation of the Armed Response Group, Dogs, CID, Child Protection, Crime Scene Investigation and officers likely to become engaged in response duties, safe follow or pursuit duties in excess of posted road speed limits..

If you are not happy with any of the above conditions please do not apply to join us on patrol, but we thank you for taking an interest.

If you are interested in participating in the Ride Along Scheme, and you are happy to comply with the conditions stated above, please let us know by emailing us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please include your full name and address and, if you have a preference as to the location in which you would like to go on patrol, the name of that area. Please also indicate days, dates and times that are convenient and whether you wish to observe Officers undergoing Stop and Search training.

Once your expression of interest has been received we will contact you with the relevant documentation for participation on the scheme.




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