Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme
The Stop and Search Ride Along scheme is an opportunity to gain a real insight into our work, which goes on 24/7, and speak to officers and staff about what goes on in your neighbourhood.
You may be interested in joining an officer on the beat, finding out how the police conduct a 'Stop and Search', or attending a community meeting.
To be considered for a place on our Ride Along Scheme, complete an application form below. Applicants will be contacted by an Inspector from our Partnership Unit, and if your application is successful they will arrange the observation directly with you. It takes time to make these arrangements and your patience is appreciated.
If you want to find out more about the scheme, you can contact your local Policing Unit on 101.
Please note: All Ride Along experiences are risk-assessed to ensure that your personal safety is not compromised; however, you do have to be at least 16 to go out on operational patrol. Young people under 18 must obtain the consent of their parent or guardian, and be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Before your Ride Along, we may also need to check various personal details. Having an offence on record will not automatically exclude you from taking part and each application will be treated on a case by case basis.
Terms and Conditions
Participants in the scheme must:
- Be aged 16 years or above (younger people of 16 or above may take part under certain circumstances).
- Criminal record checks will be made beforehand. Previous convictions will not automatically prevent a Ride Along - each case will be considered individually.
- You will have to read and agree to the Confidentiality Agreement and Observer Briefing Sheet (which will be provided before attending).
- Follow any instructions given to you by your accompanying staff member at all times during the Ride Along. For example, if observing incidents you may be asked to leave or remain in a police vehicle to ensure your safety.
- Cheshire Constabulary reserves the right to refuse participation in this scheme and to terminate the Ride Along, if it is necessary for the officer or member of staff to carry out their work effectively, efficiently and safely.