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Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme

West Mercia Police operate a Ride Along Scheme which will provide an opportunity for any community member over the age of 16 years, to accompany police officers on patrol.

The 'Best Use of Stop Search' scheme launched by the Home Office in 2014 made a requirement for Forces participating in the scheme to have a policy/procedure for lay visitors to observe 'stop searches'. The Lay Observation Policy explains more about how we meet these requirements.

Due to the nature of the role, there is no guarantee that people participating in the Ride Along Scheme will witness a stop and search taking place, this is because the police powers of stop and search are only used when there is an operational requirement.

However, participating in the Ride Along Scheme will provide you with the opportunity to potentially see a stop and search taking place, and many other policing activities and procedures; along with getting to know a police officer.

Lay observers who patrol with officers in vehicles are likely to overhear private information and attend incidents where personal information is freely available. For this reason, lay observers patrolling with an officer will require vetting and undergo criminal record checks.  If you have previous convictions, your involvement in the scheme will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you would like to take part in a Ride Along Scheme, please complete the form below.

Please note that under no circumstances will lay observers, be carried in police vehicles engaged or likely to become engaged in response duties.

iCM Form
  1. If you would like to take part in a ride-along, please provide your details in the form below and an SNT officer will be in contact soon:
  2. Your details:
  3. Your address
  4. Your contact details
  5. If you would like to take part in a Ride Along that is not in your home area, but is still within West Mercia Police, please insert the post code where you would like to take part in the Ride Along.
  6. * Please complete all fields with a * beside them