POLICE RIDE ALONG REQUEST: PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The Ride-Along Program provides an opportunity for citizens to experience the law enforcement function first hand. This policy provides the requirements, approval process, and hours of operation for the Ride-Along Program.
The Corona Police Department Ride-Along Program is offered to residents, students and those employed within the City. Reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate interested persons; however, any applicant may be disqualified without cause. The following factors may be considered in disqualifying an applicant and are not limited to:
• Being under 15 years of age
• Prior criminal history
• Pending criminal action
• Pending lawsuit against the Department
• Denial by any supervisor
PROCEDURE TO REQUEST A RIDE-ALONG
All ride-along requests will be approved by the Watch Commander. The participant will complete a ride-along waiver form. Information requested will include 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 be present to complete the ride-along form. If the ride-along is denied after the request has been made, a representative of the Police Department will contact the applicant by email, mail, or telephone and advise him/her of the denial.
Once approved, civilians will be allowed to ride along no more than once every six months. An exception would apply to the following: Cadets, Explorers, Chaplains, Reserves, police applicants, and all others with approval of the Watch Commander. An effort will be made to ensure that no more than one citizen will participate in a ride-along during any given time period. No more than one ride-along will be allowed in the officer's vehicle at a given time.
Any person approved to ride along is required to be suitably dressed in collared shirt, blouse or jacket, slacks and shoes. Sandals, T-shirts, tank tops, shorts and ripped or torn blue jeans are not permitted. Hats and ball caps will not be worn in the police vehicle. The Watch Commander or field supervisor may refuse a ride along to anyone not properly dressed.
RIDE-ALONG CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK
All Ride-along applicants are subject to a criminal history check. The criminal history check may include a local records check and a Department of Justice Automated Criminal History System check through CLETS prior to approval as a ride-along candidate with a law enforcement officer.