Often citizens wish it were possible for them to be at the scene of police incidents and see exactly how the incidents are handled so that they may better judge the quality of their police department. Others are considering a career in law enforcement and wish a preview of what such a career might be like. Some would simply like to see “the other side of the coin”.
In response to such feelings among the residents of Ridgecrest, we at the Ridgecrest Police Department have made it possible for you to “Ride Along” in a police unit, with a police officer, during a tour of duty. We sincerely hope that by offering such a program we may improve the state of understanding that exists between our officers and you, the public. Please feel free to ask any questions which you might wish of our officers, for it will only be through improved communications with each other that this goal can be reached.
Who do I contact if I want to participate in the Ride Along program?
Contact the Watch Commander at the Ridgecrest Police Department (760) 499-5100 or the PACT Coordinator (760) 499-5107. You can also go to the front desk of the Ridgecrest Police Department at 100 W. California Avenue.
Won’t I have to sign something?
Yes. We must have you sign an accident waiver (See attachment HERE) which frees this department of liability in the event you were to be injured while riding along with us. If you are under 18 years of age, your parents must also sign the waiver. An interview will be conducted prior to your ride, to insure that it is mutually desirable for you to participate in the program.
Are there things I should not do?
Yes. This will be explained to you in the interview.
Could I get hurt?
Police work by its very nature is sometimes dangerous. We will do everything within our power to see that you are not exposed to danger.
How long can I ride at a time?
Normally four hours. Longer rides may be arranged.
How should I dress?
We require that all persons riding along be suitably dressed in slacks, collared shirt or jacket, and shoes. Sandals, T-shirts, halter tops, shorts and unpresentable blue jeans are not permitted. We advise female participants not to wear dresses, skirts or high-heeled shoes. You should also consider the weather. The Watch Commander may refuse a ride to anyone not properly dressed.
Can I bring a camera?
Do to Constitutional questions of “Right to Privacy”, we do not allow either cameras or tape recorders.
How often can I ride?
In order to allow as many people as possible the chance to participate in this program, we limit ride-alongs to once per calendar year.
Ridgecrest Police Department : 100 W. California Avenue : Ridgecrest, CA 9355 : (760) 499-5100