Ride Along is a scheme which 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 16 or over.
You should be living in London to take part in the Met scheme. If you live outside of London, contact your local police force to see if they have a similar scheme.
You'll need to fill in a consent form; you'll also need to 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 can choose to ride with
You can join officers from the following units:
Emergency Policing Response Team: these officers go to emergency calls (eg domestic incidents, burglary, assaults)
Territorial Support Group: this team goes out to emergency calls involving major or critical incidents and work in the known gang areas
Violent Crime Task Force: this taskforce was set up to tackle violent and serious crime on the streets of the capital
Roads Policing Team: these officers police London's road network, going to serious and fatal collisions and incidents.
What to expect
You'll get an insight into what it’s like to be a police officer on shift and an opportunity to speak to police officers on a one-to-one basis, useful if you're considering policing as a career. It's also an opportunity to gain greater knowledge of how we police, including how stop and search powers are used.
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.
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. 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 up to two weeks for us to process applications; it may take longer depending 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.