10 Tips for Ride-Alongs
Dr. Richard Weinblatt
9) No Weapons, No Handcuffs
Unless you are a sworn officer from another agency who is allowed to have your police firearm and equipment with you, don’t bring a gun, handcuffs, or any other police gear on the ride-along. Most agencies have rules that prohibit such items even if you have a carry concealed weapon permit or license (CCW).
The only exception to the police equipment guidance offered is to wear a bullet resistant or ballistic vest. As a patrol division deputy sheriff, I had a spare vest in the trunk of my marked Chevrolet Caprice that would have ride-alongs wear. If you have your own, you may want to wear it hidden under your outer shirt.