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I am scheduled to do a ride-along on Thursday (3/10).  It didn't say specifically what to wear on the form I filled out, and the person who I talked to just said something casual, but not distracting. 


 


I was originally going to wear a nice pair of blue jeans with a blue t-shirt (small graphic, nothing outlandish).  Now I'm thinking I should wear something a little more business like.  Anyone have suggestions?  I'm now thinking either khakis/button up or black slacks/button up.  I did read online to make sure I smell good, officers hate the stinky guys/gals.  Although, I'm pretty confident I don't smell bad. :)


 


Any suggestions on the matter would be appreciated, I would like to be able to apply with this dept. in the near future.


 


Thanks!


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Business like. I wore a collared, button-up shirt, and a tie, but that is not required. I highly discourge bluejeans and a t-shirt with a graphic on it. I would recommend khaki pants, and maybe a polo shirt. Wear something nice, like you would if you were going to church.


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Okay, I'm sold!!  Thanks Gunning.  I was leaning toward that but just wasn't sure.  Khakis and solid black polo it is :) 


Thanks again!

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Yep no problem. Oh and if yuo have more dressy shoes, I would wear those. Just remember, you want to make a favorable impression.


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Dress slacks and a nice shirt. Shined shoes. Leave a favorable impression. Brush your tooth and splash on a little smell good. Years ago I had a rider and she had on too much smell good. Low flying aircraft could smell it.

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Business casual.  If your serious about this you will take the time to present yourself in a professional manner.  Nothing bright, tight or loud.  Good luck

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Business casual is best, professional looking but comfortable and don't drink a lot prior to riding or while riding and when the officer takes a break you take one too and if he/she offers take it ,as you never when the next offer will be.  Don't eat gasous foods prior to or during the ride along, that is self explanatory.  Bring a small jar of mentholatum with you in case you roll up on a stinker.


If they are talkative and interested in your modis operandi for riding along, then talk about it and enjoy the ride. Take all cues from the officer.  Be comfortable, can't strees that enough and always bring a jacket, as you never know how long you will be outside or how cold it is inside...Besafe!

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On the last ride along I did I had the slacks and polo shirt ready, but was asked to wear jeans, a t-shirt, and black shoes by the officer.


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On the last ride along I did I had the slacks and polo shirt ready, but was asked to wear jeans, a t-shirt, and black shoes by the officer.


 



I've been in jeans (nice ones, not holes and all that crap) and a short sleeved polo before. I'll be in slacks and a polo shirt ready for my next one since it's with a different department.


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Definitely khakis (5.11's, etc.) and a polo. A ride-along is essentially a job interview, treat it as such! I had a guy show up in a T-shirt and jeans, and after the ride I told him to upgrade his attire next time he came out. He told me because I wouldn't let him out of the vehicle during an assault with a weapon call, he would wear whatever was comfortable to sit in the car in. You should have seen the color drain from his face when he applied for an opening a few months later and I reminded him of that. Needless to say he did not get hired.

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Definitely khakis (5.11's, etc.) and a polo. A ride-along is essentially a job interview, treat it as such! I had a guy show up in a T-shirt and jeans, and after the ride I told him to upgrade his attire next time he came out. He told me because I wouldn't let him out of the vehicle during an assault with a weapon call, he would wear whatever was comfortable to sit in the car in. You should have seen the color drain from his face when he applied for an opening a few months later and I reminded him of that. Needless to say he did not get hired.


 



Q: Does the applicant have the ability to follow instructions properly?


I think I can guess your answer.


lol


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MH557 says ...



Definitely khakis (5.11's, etc.) and a polo. A ride-along is essentially a job interview, treat it as such! I had a guy show up in a T-shirt and jeans, and after the ride I told him to upgrade his attire next time he came out. He told me because I wouldn't let him out of the vehicle during an assault with a weapon call, he would wear whatever was comfortable to sit in the car in. You should have seen the color drain from his face when he applied for an opening a few months later and I reminded him of that. Needless to say he did not get hired.


 



Q: Does the applicant have the ability to follow instructions properly?


I think I can guess your answer.


lol


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Dress slacks and a nice shirt. Shined shoes. Leave a favorable impression. Brush your tooth and splash on a little smell good. Years ago I had a rider and she had on too much smell good. Low flying aircraft could smell it.



Tooth?! LOL!!!! During my internship with the local PD, I wore a pair of khaki pants and polo shirts or a pair of brown 5.11s and polo shirts. I've seen some eye-opening outfits from different riders though.


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MH557 says ...



rc86 says ...



MH557 says ...



Definitely khakis (5.11's, etc.) and a polo. A ride-along is essentially a job interview, treat it as such! I had a guy show up in a T-shirt and jeans, and after the ride I told him to upgrade his attire next time he came out. He told me because I wouldn't let him out of the vehicle during an assault with a weapon call, he would wear whatever was comfortable to sit in the car in. You should have seen the color drain from his face when he applied for an opening a few months later and I reminded him of that. Needless to say he did not get hired.


 



Q: Does the applicant have the ability to follow instructions properly?


I think I can guess your answer.


lol


Remember, EVERYTHING is a test!`


 




Only thing I've noticed about 5.11 (and other brands) is that they're all "cargo" style. Still seems kind unprofessional, but it's a lot better then jeans with holes in them and what not.



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rc86 says ...



MH557 says ...



rc86 says ...



MH557 says ...



Definitely khakis (5.11's, etc.) and a polo. A ride-along is essentially a job interview, treat it as such! I had a guy show up in a T-shirt and jeans, and after the ride I told him to upgrade his attire next time he came out. He told me because I wouldn't let him out of the vehicle during an assault with a weapon call, he would wear whatever was comfortable to sit in the car in. You should have seen the color drain from his face when he applied for an opening a few months later and I reminded him of that. Needless to say he did not get hired.


 



Q: Does the applicant have the ability to follow instructions properly?


I think I can guess your answer.


lol


Remember, EVERYTHING is a test!`


 




Only thing I've noticed about 5.11 (and other brands) is that they're all "cargo" style. Still seems kind unprofessional, but it's a lot better then jeans with holes in them and what not.




True. I forget not everyone creases and starches their 5.11's like I do! lol

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MH557 says ...



rc86 says ...



MH557 says ...



rc86 says ...



MH557 says ...



Definitely khakis (5.11's, etc.) and a polo. A ride-along is essentially a job interview, treat it as such! I had a guy show up in a T-shirt and jeans, and after the ride I told him to upgrade his attire next time he came out. He told me because I wouldn't let him out of the vehicle during an assault with a weapon call, he would wear whatever was comfortable to sit in the car in. You should have seen the color drain from his face when he applied for an opening a few months later and I reminded him of that. Needless to say he did not get hired.


 



Q: Does the applicant have the ability to follow instructions properly?


I think I can guess your answer.


lol


Remember, EVERYTHING is a test!`


 




Only thing I've noticed about 5.11 (and other brands) is that they're all "cargo" style. Still seems kind unprofessional, but it's a lot better then jeans with holes in them and what not.




True. I forget not everyone creases and starches their 5.11's like I do! lol


 



Lol fair enough officer starch! lol


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Lol fair enough officer starch! lol


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Business like. I wore a collared, button-up shirt, and a tie, but that is not required. I highly discourge bluejeans and a t-shirt with a graphic on it. I would recommend khaki pants, and maybe a polo shirt. Wear something nice, like you would if you were going to church.



I wear a suit to church........ I would not recommend a suit for a ride-a-long.  The khakis or a nice pair of business casual slacks or jeans (no holes and no bunhuggers), black (and clean or at least clean) comfortable shoes and a nice shirt.  Polo style is OK as is a button down short or long sleeved business casual dress shirt.  Just make sure it doesn't look like you just pulled it out of the hamper.  As someone else mentioned......... EVERYTHING IS A TEST (and I will add) AND AN INTERVIEW!!!!!

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Business casual, a pair of pressed Khaki pants and a Polo shirt. No tennis shoes. shower up, But no cologne you will be in tight quarters all night.


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I would definitely avoid the following....





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All good advice.  I would also add for the females.  Nothing that shows cleavage or is form fitting.  You want to appear professional, but not that profession.  I add this simply because I've seen it happen.

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All good advice.  I would also add for the females.  Nothing that shows cleavage or is form fitting.  You want to appear professional, but not that profession.  I add this simply because I've seen it happen.



Agreed. Not a good way to make a first impression. Hopefully no apparels with the words "Love Pink" written near the cleavage areas. No offense, ladies.


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I would definitely avoid the following....






 


 


What the hell is with the frogs??  Geeze, that outfit is just plain rediculous!!!


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I have a ride along tomorrow, they told me to dress up casual, slacks and a nice shirt, but not sure what kind of shoes to wear, tennis shoes or flats? anyone can help!

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serrano19. Three inch heels.

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I have a ride along tomorrow, they told me to dress up casual, slacks and a nice shirt, but not sure what kind of shoes to wear, tennis shoes or flats? anyone can help!



Can I assume that you are a very young person? I ask this because most people no what dress casual, I personally would not wear tennis shoes or 3inch heels.


Also I would like to state that before we go giving someone with a reasonable question an answer that is entirely out of the way think about whether or not we are running off potential members.


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