Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme

The Stop and Search Ride Along scheme is an opportunity to gain a real insight into our work, which goes on 24/7, and speak to officers and staff about what goes on in your neighbourhood.

You may be interested in joining an officer on the beat, finding out how the police conduct a 'Stop and Search', or attending a community meeting.

By being an observer on a ride along, you help us to ensure we are using stop and search with discretion, professionalism & appropriately within your community.

The ride along scheme enables individual members of the community to join local officers on patrol and to see how they use stop & search and other powers.

The observer can provide feedback immediately and is also contacted after 24 hours to provide their comments & observations.

All of this feedback is collated & evaluated by the 'Use Of Powers Scrutiny Board' every quarter.

The 'Use Of Powers Scrutiny Board' is one of the formal ways that officers use of stop & search powers is formally scrutinised by the public.  These provide forums to review performance data, recorded 'reasonable grounds' and make recommendations for training improvement.

By using these recommendations, Cheshire Constabulary improve it’s services & will maintain best practice in line with Home Office ‘Best Use Of Stop & Search Scheme 2.0’ (2018).

To be considered for a place on our Ride Along Scheme, complete an application form below. Applicants will be contacted by an officer from our Partnership Unit, and if your application is successful they will arrange the observation directly with you. It takes time to make these arrangements and your patience is appreciated.

If you want to find out more about the scheme, you can contact your local Policing Unit on 101.

Please note: All Ride Along experiences are risk-assessed to ensure that your personal safety is not compromised; however, you do have to be at least 16 to go out on operational patrol. Young people under 18 must obtain the consent of their parent or guardian, and be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Before your Ride Along, we may also need to check various personal details. Having an offence on record will not automatically exclude you from taking part and each application will be treated on a case by case basis.

Participants in the scheme must:

  • Be aged 16 years or above (younger people of 16 or above may take part under certain circumstances).
  • Criminal record checks will be made beforehand. Previous convictions will not automatically prevent a Ride Along - each case will be considered individually.
  • You will have to read and agree to the Confidentiality Agreement and Observer Briefing Sheet (which will be provided before attending).
  • Follow any instructions given to you by your accompanying staff member at all times during the Ride Along. For example, if observing incidents you may be asked to leave or remain in a police vehicle to ensure your safety.
  • Cheshire 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


Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme Request form

About you

Information about the observation

Please note

You will be required to read and sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Observer Briefing Sheet prior to commencing your Ride Along. If you are under 18 you must obtain the consent of your parent or guardian, and be accompanied by an adult chaperone. For operational reasons the Ride Along may terminate prior to, or after the expected time. This will be avoided wherever possible. You are expected to provide your own meals. Any information you disclose in the Ride Along process may be recorded and retained at the discretion of Cheshire Constabulary.