Police invited public to join patrols

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  • Public offered chance to join police on patrol
  • Invitations are part of a Home Office scheme about stop and search
  • Anyone aged 16 and over can apply to local district commanders
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PEOPLE who want to see the police in action can join officers on patrol under a new scheme.

Hampshire Constabulary is offering anyone from the age of 16 the chance to see how police use stop-and-search powers.

This scheme gives us a real opportunity for anyone interested in understanding the role of a police officer to go out on patrol and get a first hand insight into the challenges officers face

Assistant Chief Constable Sara Glen

It is a Home Office scheme to which the force has signed up.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, represents rank-and-file officers.

He said that while he had concerns about the plan at first, members of the public will be able to see how police do a demanding job.

Mr Apter said: ‘Adding any extra transparency into what we do is a good thing.

‘It’s a new concept and any concerns I may have had have been discussed and ironed out.

‘Officers perform a difficult and demanding job – I hope this glimpse into the realities of policing allows the public to see just how tough it can be for officers who are doing their best for the public.’

Anyone who wants to attend can apply in writing to the district commander or email street.power@hampshire.pnn.police.uk with proof of identity.

Assistant Chief Constable Sara Glen is head of local policing at Hampshire Constabulary.

In a statement she said: ‘We are committed in Hampshire to ensuring we have an external perspective and community scrutiny of our policing tactics.

‘We police with the consent of the public we serve and the community’s view of this tactic is really important to us.

‘This scheme gives us a real opportunity for anyone interested in understanding the role of a police officer to go out on patrol and get a first hand insight into the challenges officers face.’

She said the scheme is much broader than simply an insight into stop and search and will show police out on patrol generally.

She added: ‘We hope it will give a much wider understanding of the role of a police officer.’