Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme

Are you interested in seeing how Police Officers work? Do you have some understanding of Stop and Search powers and want to know more?


The Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme gives members of the public the opportunity to accompany Police Officers on routine patrol and perhaps observe the use of Stop and Search powers in action. This meets the requirements of the Home Office Best use of Stop and Search Scheme (BUSSS), and also supports West Yorkshire Police’s ambitions in engaging with its citizens and communities by formalising and opening up the procedure for members of the public to accompany officers on patrol in the area where they live.

Please note, 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.

Participants in the scheme must:

  • Be aged 16 years or above.(under 18’s will need a chaperone, who will also need to apply)
  • Criminal record checks will be made beforehand and 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.
  • West Yorkshire Police 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.

If you would like to learn more about Stop and Search please follow the below link.  To be considered for a place on the Stop and Search Ride Along Scheme, a link to the application form is also below.

Stop and Search Powers

Application for the Ride Along Scheme