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Currently I'm working towards attending the academy in October. I want to go on ride alongs at least once a week until I start the academy. This is for multiple reasons, to get to know my surrounding departments, gain knowledge before the academy begins, and get a feel of what life is like for a LEO (particularly for a female LEO.) So my questions are: Will I be seen as a nuisance by wanting to go on ride alongs on a regular basis? Should I rotate ride alongs with all the surrounding departments (for recruiting purposes) or just stick to the one or two departments I would really like to work for (so that I could build better relations? I would really appreciate the advice, Rachel

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Are you self sponsoring to the academy, or have you been hired by a department that is sponsoring you?


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I am self sponsoring. 

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Ride with different departments. Do not ride often with the same agency. It is easy to wear this welcome out.

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Ride with different departments. Do not ride often with the same agency. It is easy to wear this welcome out.



I suggest riding the busy times and the sloooooooooooow times - more than once. 


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uncledennis1 says ...



Ride with different departments. Do not ride often with the same agency. It is easy to wear this welcome out.



I suggest riding the busy times and the sloooooooooooow times - more than once. 



Several years ago, I went on a ride-along where we ran just two calls.  The first one, right out of the box we were driving into a known drug neighborhood and witnessed a hand to hand transaction.  The deputy lets the car go and goes after the pedestrian who proceeds to go to a house and is stopped by the deputy and pulled back just as he begins to cross the threshold into a residence.  He was good for a possession of rock cocaine charge.  The balance of the shift was dealing with a battery victim, a 15 year old female.  The suspect was her 18 year old brother who was given permission by the mother to inflict corporal punishment to the victim if she came home late from school.  She was home a few minutes late so he put the beat on her.  Upon our arrival, he was gone and the victim was alone.  It was not known where the parent was.  We removed the victim from the home, took her to the county hospital for treatment of her very obvious injuries both new from this incident and old from several prior incidents to this one.  Over and over, the deputy apologized for not providing a more eventful ride.  I said there was no need to apologize as I needed to see that there would be shifts just like this one and that our handling of this call was important to the victim.  Last I knew of, the suspect was eventually arrested and charged in the crime.

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 Since you're self sponsoring, it would be wise to ride with multiple agencies.  You've got some sound advice here, like Uncledennis says, it is easy to wear out a welcome.

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Bump to the entire crew.Try different officers,different agencies,different shifts.I say this due to the fact that each officer has his/her own personality just like regular humans .Each shift has a different variety of calls as does each agency.For example I went from a town of over half a million with 20-30 calls per shift to a town of eighteen hundred with about three calls per month.

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 Thanks everyone for the advice.