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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 – Experience what happens when our Communications Specialists deal with calls and how they deploy the police.
  • 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.
  • 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 – Observe our officers as they are trained to handle a variety of settings

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.

Ride Along Scheme application form

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About you


This information will need to match your photographic ID


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


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