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South Wales Police Patrol Along

South Wales Police operates a Patrol Along scheme, which supports the Best Use of Stop and Search by providing opportunities for the community to accompany police officers on patrol for a single shift.

The Stop and Search Patrol 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.















The scheme aims to achieve greater transparency and community involvement by giving general members of the public an opportunity to accompany police officers when they may use their Stop and Search powers.

There is no guarantee that those participating in the scheme will observe a Stop and Search, as this will only be done if it is an operational requirement, however this scheme offers individuals the chance to gain a practical insight into the nature of police work.

Feedback received:

“I received first-hand experience of how they engaged with members of the public who were intoxicated. They were very professional and was able to encourage the men to go home before any aggression developed.”

“The time I spent with the officers provided me with invaluable experience and insight into the profession.”

“I asked a number of questions relating to joining the force and the officers were very knowledgeable and helpful.”

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the officers for their time and thank you for arranging the shift.”

“Patrol Along was an excellent experience allowing me to have an insight of what it’s like on a busy shift as a police officer, observing the fantastic teamwork when completing certain tasks given in briefings and upholding the law and being involved in different communities.”

Get involved:


If you would like to take part in our Patrol Along scheme then please contact us using the relevant email address below.

Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil –

Bridgend and Vale of

Swansea and Neath Port

Specialist Ops Team –


Once your application has been received you will be contacted by a member of staff, 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.

Please note, all Patrol Along experiences are risk assessed to ensure that your personal safety is not compromised; however, you do have to be at least 18 to go out on operational patrol.

Before your Patrol 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.

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