The Ride Along Scheme is the opportunity to follow police staff for a single shift and it is open to people living in Avon and Somerset area. Whether you are thinking about a job working with the police or you have a general interest in the day to day work that we do, the Ride Along scheme is an excellent way to find out.
Unfortunately not all our departments are able to offer a Ride Along experience. Our dog and mounted sections, our serious crime investigation teams and our crime scene investigators do not offer this scheme
You need to be a resident of Avon and Somerset to be eligible to undertake a Ride Along with us.
All applicants will be subject to criminal and intelligence checks. Having an offence on record will not automatically exclude you from taking part, each applicant will be treated on a case by case basis.
Avon and Somerset 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.
Applicants will be contacted by a member of staff from one of our teams who will arrange the Ride Along directly with you. Due to demand, we can only accept one Ride Along Application per person within any 12 month period, and it can take up to 3 months from application to your Ride Along taking place.
All Ride Along experiences are risk-assessed to ensure that your personal safety is not compromised. Participants in the scheme must read and agree to the Confidentiality Agreement and Observer Briefing Sheet.
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 Avon and Somerset Constabulary 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.
Persons applying for the Ride Along Scheme will be subject to security checks.
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.
During the ride along you must declare to the member of staff you are observing if you become unwell or sustain an injury.
At any point if you are uncomfortable with the situation you are observing please bring it to the member of staff's attention at the earliest opportunity.
A red asterisk (*) denotes a required field.