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Ride Along Scheme

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.

What would you like to observe?

  • Communications Centre – Sit alongside our communications staff and see how they deal with over 2000 calls a day ranging from general enquiries to life and death situations, every call is a member of the public needing our help. Also see how we deploy our staff to the scenes of these incidents using both Patrol and Neighbourhood officers as well as specialist resources when required. This department is where key decisions are made that set out how we respond to all our calls for service.
  • Neighbourhood Policing Team – Join our police officers and Police Community Support Officers on the beat in the local community and see how they deal with offenders and victims, this may include arrests, questioning and stop and searches. Please note this option is not available to people under the age of 18.
  • Operational Support Unit – Join our specialist officers to learn about the variety of roles they undertake. Their activities can include tracking down the Force’s most wanted suspects, searching crime scenes, forcing entry into properties, missing person searches, public order deployments and underwater searches. Please note that due to the varied and reactive nature of the work undertaken by this team there is the possibility (as with any Police Ride Along) that it may be cancelled at short notice. If so, the Ride Along will be rearranged. Please note this option is not available to people under the age of 18.
  • Response – Join our response officers as they are called to any number of jobs and incidents in a shift, including dealing with vulnerable people, sudden deaths, anti-social behaviour, missing people, and taking people into custody to name just a few. Please note this option is not available to people under the age of 18.
  • Training School – Avon & Somerset's Learning & Development Department provide training across a diverse range of subjects. Come and see the in depth training received by our Student Police Officers, or how a detective starts their career in investigating the most serious crime. Our officers and staff benefit from some of the best assets in the country, whether this is hi-tech equipment or some of the best public order facilities. See how we put students through real life scenarios in order to test their capacity to provide the public with the best service possible.

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.

Confidentiality and Observer Briefing

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.

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All data submitted is stored in line with our Privacy Policy and Retention Schedule.

Ride Along Scheme application form

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This information will need to match your photographic ID

What is your date of birth? * For example, 21 3 1981


The Ride Along Scheme is generally only available to those aged over 18. We occasionally offer a limited experience to people aged 16 and 17 under special circumstances and with additional consent and safeguards.


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