The following factors may be considered in disqualifying an applicant and are not limited to:
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 to (3 hours) or from to (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.
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 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.