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Observation Scheme

The Home Office Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme requires police forces to allow lay observation of stop and search. 

Northamptonshire Police recognise the many benefits of members of the public patrolling with Officers, not only to observe our use of Stop and Search, but to observe the broad range of policing and community safety activity that takes place across our county, and indeed the whole country, every day.

Our lay observer scheme is designed not only to give members of the public an insight into policing, but to try to make that insight as meaningful an experience as we can while keeping our observers safe. 

We will therefore provide observers with a protective vest to wear, where appropriate, as a means of helping observers understand the sorts of risks and challenges that officers manage in the course of their work. 

Observations may be of particular interest to those considering a career in policing or community safety and those working with partner agencies or community groups.

Prior to any member of the public patrolling with Northamptonshire Police, we will carry out all necessary background checks and provide a patrol briefing. Anyone under the age of 10 will not be able to accompany officers on patrol.

Any request to accompany Northamptonshire Police officers on patrol should be directed to your local policing team, or by calling 101.


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