The department extends an open invitation to citizens, persons connected with city or county government, and the news media to visit the department or ride with a patrol officer as an observer.
These requests must have Watch Commander approval. A ride-along application (PDF) must be completed prior to approving the ride-along. Patrol observation rides are a maximum 4-hour duration. Observers are limited to one ride per calendar year.
Juvenile observers must be at least 16 years of age and must have a parent or guardian signature prior to consideration.
When to Submit an Application
We ask that you submit an application (PDF) at least one week in advance of your desired observation date. You will be contacted by telephone to confirm whether or not there is a vacancy for the date and time you have selected.