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10 Tips for Ride-Alongs

Dr. Richard Weinblatt

6) Less Talk, More Listen

Many folks engaged in their first ride-along get quite excited.  That leads to the motor mouth syndrome.  Officers tend to be reserved when they first meet their ride-along.  They are unsure of the person’s motivations or perspective at first.  It is better to go slow and allow the officer to get to know you. In an adaptation of the old adage, it is better to be quiet and listen than to speak and be thought of as a fool.  It should go without saying that profanity and other unprofessional speech has no place.  These guidelines are particularly true if you are an aspiring officer applying to the agency, as they often serve as another layer of unofficial screening for the department.

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