The Ride Along Scheme offers members of the public the chance to join our officers on patrol and experience daily policing first-hand.
Who the scheme is open to?
You must be aged 18 or over.
You should be living in Gwent to take part in the scheme. If you live outside of Gwent, please contact your local police force to see if they have a similar scheme.
You'll need to fill in a consent form and pass a criminal record check.
(Having a previous conviction doesn't necessarily mean you can't use the scheme; we review each application on a case-by-case basis.)
Who you ride along with?
You can join officers from the following teams:
Neighbourhood Policing Team: neighbourhood police officers aim to make life safer and better for everyone in Gwent. They work with partners, organisations, and the public to address community issues such as anti-social behaviour.
Response Team: these officers are the first responders in emergency situations, this could be anything from a burglary to an assault.
You will be able to request which local authority area in Gwent you would like to be based in for the Ride Along.
What to expect
You'll get an insight into what it’s like to be a police officer on shift and an opportunity to experience an unrivalled view of front-line policing, useful if you're considering policing as a career.
You can give feedback to police from your perspective as a member of the community.
The aim of the scheme is for us to strengthen relationships with the public and help people understand more about how we police.
On the day, we'll ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement and give you an observer briefing sheet.
Please note we may need to end a Ride Along, due to emergency situations or conditions where you may be at risk.
How to apply
To apply, please fill in our online application form here. We'll ask you for your contact details, date of birth, why you want to join the scheme and what you want to achieve during the day.
It can take a number of weeks (up to ?) for us to process applications; this depends heavily on demand.
We'll notify you by email if your ride along request is approved and send you instructions for the day.
Please note: all applicants will be subject to security checks prior to applications being approved. In the event of an applicant being rejected, you will receive an email explaining why. We will only accept one application per person in a 12-month period. Repeat applications within this period will be automatically closed.
Anyone living in Gwent and over the age of 18 can apply to take part in the Ride Along Scheme.
In some cases, our Local Policing Area Commanders can approve the participation of those 16 and over e.g., to support a school project or Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Anyone under the age of 18 will need to have parent or guardian’s consent prior to taking part.
Wherever possible, reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate disabled people, however, the welfare of the participant will always be paramount. There may be occasions where certain aspects of policing activity may not be suitable for people with medical conditions or disabilities to participate in. In these circumstances, to ensure their personal safety and that of the officers responsible for them, an alternative observation opportunity will be arranged.
Having a previous conviction doesn't necessarily mean you can't use the scheme; we review each application on a case-by-case basis.
If your application is rejected, you will be notified in writing.
The scheme provides an opportunity for individuals to gain a practical insight into the nature of police work across the whole range of routine patrol activities.
Currently, we are only able to facilitate Ride Along experiences in our neighbourhood policing and response teams. If it becomes possible to facilitate Ride Along experiences in other department, we will update the website.
Anything between 1 and 6hrs.
When on patrol, you’ll be provided with a high visibility jacket (marked “Sylwedydd/Observer”).
We’d recommend wearing clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the activity you’re undertaking, and the weather. You’ll be contacted with details of the activities you’ll be undertaking prior to the Ride Along.
You must also have a working and charged mobile phone on you.
The officer you are paired with will be able to give you their experience of the process to join Gwent Police as well as some current literature to explain how the current process looks.
We have a duty of care towards the participant, members of the public with whom they may come into contact and its police officers and police staff.
Every effort will be made to get the participant as close to the work of front-line police officers as is possible, however, there may be occasions where a Ride Along experience are cut short, due to emergency situations or conditions where you may be at risk.