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10 Tips for Ride-Alongs

Dr. Richard Weinblatt

2) Clear Up Warrant

And speaking of background checks, make sure that any warrants you may have are cleared up prior to applying for a ride-along.  The police are not fond of wanted criminals riding with them, so they do check.

You laugh at the thought that someone would do this with an active warrant in the system, but I’ve seen it happen.  One young man called in to do a ride-along with my department some time ago.  Well, you probably guessed that his background check came up with a warrant for failure to appear (for court).  I called him up and told him to come to the building, as his ride-along was ready.  So, being a service-minded public servant, he got his ride-along as he wished-except it was in the back seat, not in the front.  And it was only to the county jail.  He even got fire hand experience with handcuffs.

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    latino65

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    How do u find out how to get a ride along and see i am intrested in being a police officer and would like the experiance please email me some information rosiehinojosa29@yahoo.com

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    lillawangel14

    over 4 years ago

    250 Comments

    Thanks for the advice.. I'd would add don't wear any heavily scented perfume or cologne.. You don't want to knock the police officer out.

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    Kath

    over 4 years ago

    1812 Comments

    Thanks for the advice. :o)

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    sac305bw

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Ride aongs are a great opportunity for a law enforcement agency to maintain transparency in their communities but have very little value in building police/community relationships. We can't hope to show anybody what it is we do in a few hours, days or even weeks. So for most participants a ride along is little more than entertainment.
    The exception are the people who work in social agencies, United Way, shelters, mental health workers and others upon whom we depend. Law Enforcement Explorers make good riders as long as their program establishes requirement for eligibility. And finally, community leaders from groups like the Chamber of Commerce always take something away froma ride along that comes back to the police department.
    Everybody else should, in my opinion, stay home and try to catch a rerun of The Rockford Files.

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    helmsley

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I have done several ride-alongs w/my local PD & they are a lot of fun. I also learnt so much & how dangerous their jobs can be. It is through these ride-along officer's that I have come to gain the respect I have for this PD,as they are the one's you spend the time with.I have come to see that the officer's of this department arent as bad as people make them out to be.I recommend that everyone does a ride-along or the Citizen's academy if your local PD offers it.

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    TheCopDoc

    over 4 years ago

    220 Comments

    "Fire Hand" Experience should be "First Hand" Experience. Sorry, but that was a typo that was not caught.
    -- Dr. Richard Weinblatt

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    DRE911

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    What is fire hand experience with handcuffs because I want to be a police officer.

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    Patrolman25

    over 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    I've taken a few people on ride alongs and it has always been enjoyable for me and my riders. This article is great and full of great advise. Just to add something, I always tell a rider that they should be prepared to be dropped off at a local gas station or restaurant in the event of a call that is too dangerous for them to go on.

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    MTPD7

    over 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    I often host riders. My department has a very strict policy regarding who can ride along, including current members of our Citizen's Police Academy, Township Trustees and Police Explorers. As a Police Explorer Advisor, I host riders almost every week. This has mostly been a great experience. It is fun to see the excitement of someone riding for the first time. These are some very good tips for riders. Civilians that enjoy the experience should look into the possibility of attending a Citizen's Police Academy for an even more in-depth experience.

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    diderr

    over 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    I've did a few ride alongs with the local PD. It was fun, and I learned a lot. The reality of it is it can be dangerous, but different departments have different SOP's for ride alongs for safety.
    And, yes I saw some things you won't see on T.V.

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    Peter281

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    I have to add a comment, I only spoke when spoken to, and kept my hands to my self in the car, as far as touching the computer screen, etc. I had been given rules to what to do in my civilian police academy class.

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    Peter281

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    I had the ride along wtih my local PD, and I had thetime of my life. I filled out the pre-ride paperwork and fun watching the officer work as well as talk to him and was his extra pair of eyes catching red light runners.

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    I really hope that most of this wasn't new for people wanting to do ride alongs, because its a lot of common sense stuff you should have figured out to begin with.

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    gonzalezjaime50

    over 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    I am currently in school, majoring in Criminal Justice, and was pleased to see that I am eligible for a ride-along. I was really excited about the fact until I read resortcop's post. I'm glad I read it, it gave me the understanding that ride-alongs can sometimes be dangerous as well. Thanks for the heads up.

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    resortcop

    over 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    Anothr good thing to remember is that ride-alongs can be in the line of fire. A few years ago here in East Tennessee, a county deputy and his ride-along were ambushed and shot to death by a murderous set of brothers as they were pulling up in front of the house. It was a really sad day. Especially since they got away with it in the court system. I sometimes have ride-alongs, and I always spend time instructing them in what to do if things go bad. But, sometimes, all the instruction in the world is not enough to prevent a tragic event.

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