A ride-along request/liability waiver form may be picked up at the department or downloaded from the police department website at the link below.
Citizen Ride-Along Form
Participants must complete this form and submit it to the department for approval. Information requested includes a valid ID or California driver’s license, address, and telephone number. If the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must complete and sign the ride-along form.
All ride-along forms are to be turned into the Records Bureau, who will perform a criminal history and records check. They will also check to see if the applicant has completed a ride-along in the last 12 months or has ever been denied a request for a ride-along in the past. The completed form will then be forwarded to the Watch Commander for the shift requested. The Watch Commander will approve or deny the applicant and notify them of the time and date of the ride-along.
If the ride-along is denied after the request has been made, a representative of the Department will contact the applicant and advise him/her of the denial.
Once the ride-along arrives, the Watch Commander will assign him/her to an officer. After the ride-along has been completed, the Watch Commander will note that the ride-along was completed, which officer the ride-along rode with, the time period of the ride-along and any other pertinent information. The Watch Commander will then forward the completed form to the Records Bureau for retention for a 2 year period. Civilians may ride-along once in a 12 month period.