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Ride Along Program

The Fullerton Police Department ride-along program provides an opportunity for citizens to experience the police function first hand. This page provides the requirements, approval process, and hours of operation for the ride-along program.

Who is eligible

The Fullerton Police Department ride-along program is offered to residents, students and those employed within the City. Every attempt will be made to accommodate interested persons; however, any applicant may be disqualified without cause.

The following factors may be considered in disqualifying an applicant and are not limited to:

  • Under the age of 15
  • Prior criminal history
  • Pending criminal action
  • Pending lawsuit against the City of Fullerton
  • Denial by any supervisor

Availability

The ride-along program is available on most days of the week, with certain exceptions established by the Community Services Bureau. The ride-along times are from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (3 hours) or from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (3 hours) Exceptions to this schedule may be made as approved by the Chief of Police, Division Commander, Watch Commander, or Community Services Bureau Manager.

Procedure to request a ride-along

Ride-along requests will be scheduled by a member of the Community Services Bureau. The participant shall complete a ride-along waiver form. Information requested will include:

  • A valid ID or California Driver's License,
  • Address,
  • And phone number.
  • If the participant is under 18 years of age,
    • A parent/guardian must be present to complete the ride-along form.

A Community Services Bureau representative will schedule a date, based on availability, at least one week after the date of application. The completed waiver will be submitted to the Community Services Bureau for approval. The Watch Commander or their designee has the discretion to accept, approve or deny a request at any time. If the ride-along is denied after the request has been made, a representative of the Community Services Bureau will contact the applicant and advise him/her of the denial.

Once approved, a civilian ride-along will be allowed to ride once every six months. An effort will be made to ensure that no more than one citizen will participate in a ride-along during any given time period. Normally no more than one ride-along will be allowed in the officer's vehicle at a given time.

To obtain a ride along form you can come into the Police Department's Community Services Bureau during normal business hours or call (714) 738-6780.

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