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Ride along scheme

Our ride along scheme enables you to experience first-hand what your local officers are dealing with on a daily basis.

You may be interested in finding out what happens when officers respond to calls or how they proactively patrol areas on the beat. This scheme enables you to join officers and staff and observe their work.

Eligibility to take part

Please note the following terms and conditions before applying. 

To participate in the scheme you must:

  • be a resident in the Lincolnshire Police area
  • be aged 18 years or above (younger people of 16 or above may take part under certain circumstances)
  • undergo criminal record checks. If you have previous convictions, your involvement on the scheme will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • sign a disclaimer / confidentiality agreement form
  • sign and agree to the terms of an observer briefing form

We reserve the right to refuse participation in this scheme and to terminate the ride along at any point if it is necessary for the officer or member of staff to carry out their work effectively, efficiently and safely.

Apply to take part

To apply, please use our online ride along scheme application form

If you wish to make a general enquiry or are aged between 16 and 18 years of age, please email Stop&Search@lincs.pnn.police.uk with your query.

What would you like to observe?

On the application form, we ask you to highlight which area of policing you would like to observe. This could include:

  • the work of a neighbourhood policing teams
  • how police officers respond to emergency calls

Feedback from participants and officers

The ride along scheme has been up and running since March 2016.  In that time we have had 50 applications where participants have been out with police officers either in the day or on night patrol.  This can give a good insight into how the police force works on a day to day basis.

We have had a good mix of people, varying ages, male and female from different jobs and backgrounds.

The participants are asked to fill in a feedback form and this has been very positive as shown below:

"I was able to attend a wide range of calls which also raised a number of policing issues including the large amount of protocols that have to be followed in each individual case. Particularly the issues of risk assessing cases was something that interested me and made me more aware of the vast amount of work that has to be done."

“It was interesting to see the differences in how the police officers could be treated. While there were some people that could be very hostile towards them, particularly when arrests were being made, it was also reassuring to see that many people were happy to talk to the officers and could be very freindly and helpful.”

The officers that have taken participants out with them have also seen this as a positive thing. One of our officers said:

“I feel it will really help our public confidence/sympathy as currently Lincolnshire Police suffer and unusual negative perception despite all the recent reports highlighting the good work being done by the County.  Anything that gives the public a dose of reality on how it actually works and more importantly what Police Officers in particular on response are expected to do.”

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