Before you spend some time with the Police on the Ride Along Scheme you should read this notice carefully.
The Police Service is a very professional and caring organisation that places great emphasis on confidentiality. Our success in reducing crime, bringing offenders to justice and developing trust and confidence amongst all sections of the community depends on our reputation for confidentiality.
This means that any information about individuals and operations MUST remain inside the constabulary.
To gain maximum benefit from their placement, Ride Along Scheme observers need to be as close as possible to the activity they are watching. This means they may become aware of sensitive information.
Therefore, as a participant in the Wiltshire Police Ride Along Scheme, you must observe strict confidentiality in respect of any information/documentation which you see, hear or read. For the purposes of this agreement information includes but is not limited to: Spoken word, including radio communications, written and printed material, computer systems and confidential waste.
Discussion or further disclosure of such information or retention of any documentation received during the Ride Along Scheme is a breach of the Data Protection Act and the Constabulary Information Security Policy. Such improper use may also constitute an offence under the Data Protection Act, the Official Secrets Act and the Computer Misuse Act.
To ensure that we can maintain operational security whilst we take you on patrol, basic background checks will be conducted on each applicant against the Police National Computer, Police National Database and Niche, (our local Record Management System).
Wiltshire Police reserve the right to refuse an application based on the outcome of those checks. The data you provide to Wiltshire Police in order to participate in this scheme will be retained for a period of 6 years or in the case of unsuccessful applicants, then 1 year.
On the day of your placement, please bring with you a form of photo identification.
You are to comply strictly with all instructions given by the member of staff you are observing.
When attending operational incidents please remain in the vehicle at all times, until the Escorting Officer directs otherwise. If the Escorting Officer directs you to a place of safety, please comply fully with their instructions.
You must wear appropriate clothing & footwear that is suitable to the task you are observing.
If observing the work of operational staff you will be provided with a high-visibility jacket marked "Observer". Please wear this when requested by the Escorting Officer - for example if you attend a road traffic collision or other incident in a public place.
You must declare to the member of staff you are observing any illness or injury (including mental illness) which they may need to be aware of and which may place you at any additional risk of harm and affect your participation in the scheme. For example, you must say if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, suffer from epilepsy or diabetes or have a back/neck injury. However, this is not an exhaustive list of medical conditions.
The Health & Safety of ride along scheme observers is important to us and observers will not volunteer or be directed to get involved in any police operatives or services.