Ride-along scheme

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 customer.services@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk 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.