Citizens at least 18 years of age may request to participate in a ride-along with a police officer. Participation is subject to the assumption of risk and application approval. The following guidelines apply:
Rider must obey all legal orders of the officer.
Rider must wear a seat belt at all times.
Rider must make a request to ride at least two business days prior to riding time.
Rider must present a neat, clean and businesslike appearance.
Rider shall not have consumed alcohol or drugs.
Rider must be at least 18 years of age.
Rider will not exceed four hours of ride time.
Rider will not participate in the ride-along program more than two times per calendar year unless authorized by the Shift Supervisor.
Rider will not ride along with the same officer more than one time in a calendar year unless authorized by the Shift Supervisor.
Civilian (non-sworn) riders will not carry a firearm or any other weapon during the ride-along.
Rider will not be allowed to exit the police vehicle at any time to assist the officer on a call with the exception of "officer down" situations.
Rider understands that at any time during the shift, permission to ride may be terminated without reason.
Rider understands that requests to ride may be denied for any reason.
Rider will not interact with, give directions to, state opinions too, or give advice to members of the public.
Approved or Denied
Why haven't I gotten a call from the Police Department saying that my request for a ride-a-long has been approved or denied? We try to process these requests in the order they are received which could be anywhere between 7 to 14 days. If you have any questions about the status of your request please contact 317-858-6005.