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Title Operations / Policy A-10
Effective Date 8-1-04
Rescinds  
Subject Ride Along Program
Purpose To establish guidelines for occasions when citizens wish to ride with an officer.
Scope This directive applies to commissioned officers.
Reference  
CALEA  
  1. Minimum Standards:
    1. Applicants who desire to ride with an officer will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the shift commander. All ride along requests must be submitted 48 hours in advance. Applicants will be subject to a criminal history check of TCIC/NCIC and must complete and sign a waiver of liability. Applicants will be evaluated on background and information disclosed in the application. Final approval will be at the discretion of the Chief of Police or designee.
  2. Rules of Conduct:
    1. Participants will not use alcoholic beverages prior to and during the ride.
    2. Will not use abusive or profane language.
    3. Will not voice remarks to complainants, witnesses, violators, suspects, or behave in any manner that would tend to provoke or escalate tension.
    4. Obey instructions given by officers.
    5. Will not release any information concerning the status of a case, and the names of any participant in a police investigation.
    6. Will not dress in a provocative manner.
    7. Will not carry a firearm or convey the impression that they are police officers.
    8. Remain in the vehicle during traffic stops or emergencies.
    9. Participants will ride for a maximum of four hours.
  3. Shift Commander’s Responsibilities:
    1. Run a CCH on each participant. Insure that application and agreement are completed and retain in shift records. Monitor appearance of applicant and access to sensitive areas of the department.
    2. Assignment of a ride along applicant to an officer will be determined by the Shift Commander.