Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a marked
police car and go out on patrol with an officer on the streets of
Bedfordshire? If so, and you are over 18, then you should consider
our Ride-Along Scheme.
The Ride-Along Scheme allows members of our community to experience
first-hand, what a police officer on patrol encounters whilst
carrying out their duties. It provides valuable insight into what
we do and how we go about protecting people, fighting crime and
keeping Bedfordshire safe.
Bedfordshire Police is committed to being as transparent as
possible about its work and the Ride-Along Scheme is one way to
help us achieve this.
The Ride-Along Scheme enables our communities to build a better
understanding of the work of police officers in Bedfordshire. This
may include arrests, how we deal with offenders and victims,
statement taking, questioning and stop and searches.
Requests to ride along with an officer in your local area will be
accommodated wherever possible, as it gives people the opportunity
to become more familiar with their local policing team.
Ride-Along participants can choose the patrol area and can
determine when they want to go out and for how long – but be
mindful that there can sometimes be a waiting list if demand is
high. A safety briefing must be attended prior to going out on
patrol and participants will have to follow the instructions of the
officer they’re accompanying at all times and wear a high
visibility observer jacket.
Interested? Please complete an application
form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
or hand it in to your nearest police station.
The Ride-Along Scheme also forms part of our commitment to the Home
Office’s Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme.