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Ride-Along Program

The Police Department recognizes the need and benefit for citizens to

observe police operations on a first hand basis. Persons meeting the program qualifications may be provided the opportunity to ride with a patrol officer under the stipulated policy guidelines. It shall be the policy of the Sweet Home Police Department to encourage interested citizens to take part in the Ride-Along Program. It is hoped this policy will help promote a better understanding of the officer's responsibilities and relationship to the community and to facilitate an exchange of ideas and points of view between officers and the citizens of Sweet Home.


Citizen Observer (Ride-Along) Requirements


Citizens must not have had any felony arrests, multiple misdemeanor arrests or convictions, excluding traffic citations for infractions unless approved by the Chief of Police.


Applicants shall be at least 18 years of age, with special consideration given to those between the ages of 14 and 18 if the following requirements are met:

  1. Be an active member of a law enforcement explorer post.
  2. Be a student enrolled in a course/subject closely related to law.
  3. Obtain permission from parent/guardian and submit signed Parental Endorsement.
  4. Any interested citizen at least fourteen (14) years of age on the approval of a Patrol Services Division Sergeant.


One (1) ride-along per individual shall be granted in a calendar year. A Patrol Services Division Sergeant may authorize exceptions. Applicants shall be limited to those listed below in the order of ride-along priority.

  1. Members of the criminal justice system.
  2. Student interns, practicum students, and civilian employees of the City.
  3. Representative members of citizen/civic groups, teachers, instructors and elected officials of local, state or federal governments.
  4. Interested citizens personally recommended by members of the Department regardless of residency.
  5. Any interested citizen of the City.


Applications shall be reviewed by the Patrol Division Sergeants and a background check conducted. Recommendation for approval or denial will be forwarded to the Chief of Police for final approval. Upon approval or denial by the Chief, the application will be returned to a Patrol Division Sergeant. Notifications shall be recorded on the application form, and assignment made taking into consideration both the requested date(s) and operational needs of the Department.


Individuals interested in participating in the Citizen Observer (Ride-Along) Program should complete the Application form and submit it to the Police Department.

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