The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Sally Burton DL went out on patrol with police to get a taste of what officers face each day.
The Queen’s representative in the county joined two Stevenage officers on their shift on Monday 17 June, as they responded to incidents across the town.
She said: “It was an amazing afternoon, and I am extremely impressed by the professional and calm manner in which the officers go about their duties, often under considerable stress. It was a very informative and special experience.
PC Matt Clark and PC Fay Stephen, from Stevenage Intervention Team, took our VIP visitor along as they conducted an area search for a vehicle on cloned plates, attended a road traffic collision involving a cyclist and a car, and attended an incident involving an assault, criminal damage and racial abuse.
The High Sheriff, who is also Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, added: “It really was an excellent day and I have been spreading the word ever since about what a difficult but valuable job the police have to do.”
PC Clark, who moves to a new team as Sergeant on Friday 1 July, said: “I’m glad the High Sheriff enjoyed the ride along experience. I joined the police in 2009, switched to Herts in 2015, as I lived in Stevenage at the time and moved to Herts for better training opportunities and to police the community, I lived in. I enjoy the jobs where we get to help people.”
Since we relaunched the ride along scheme in April, 40 people have joined officers on shifts, including a number considering a policing career.
All applications are reviewed with a vetting process taking place before dates are arranged. If you are aged over 16 and would like to go along on a ride along please email Herts police - Ride along to ask for an application form.