The main purpose of the Ride-Along Program is to improve police and public relations by giving folks an introduction to daily life on the police force.
Requirements and guidelines
- You usually must be at least 18 years old
- You can do a Ride-Along when under 18 if you are involved in department-sponsored law enforcement program such as Police Explorers and the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.).
- You must have a parent's or guardian's authorization if under 18.
- No one under 16 years old and not involved in a department-sponsored program will be authorized without the written permission of the Police Chief, Assistant Chief or Deputy Chief.
- Ride-Alongs for participants under the age of 18 are limited to riding during the Day or Mid shifts.
- A Ride-Along is typically four hours (maximum of two hours for participants under the age of 18).
- Participants are assigned to a squad or vehicle with two officers.
- Ride-Alongs are limited to one participant per squad or vehicle.
- Before the ride officer will tell you of expected behavior.
- Ride-Along participants are not authorized to operate any MPD equipment.
- Your Ride-Along will be ended for failure to comply the directives of the officers, or improperly getting involved in a situation.
- Officers may terminate a Ride-Along at any time.
Ride-Along Program authorization
- You must read and complete a Ride-Along Program Release Form (MP-3009) before to the ride-along.
- We may request any additional screening information as necessary.
- You must present proper identification to officers or supervisors at the time of the Ride-Along.
- Supervisors and officers can make the final approval or denial decision at the time of the ride.
- Application denied? You will be given the reasons for a denial as soon as possible.
How to apply
Contact the Precinct Commander of the Precinct you are interested in riding in.
Last updated Apr 15, 2019