Ride Along

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The purpose of the Clearwater Police Department Ride-Along Program is to encourage community involvement in law enforcement and to educate the public by opening up the lines of communication within the community by allowing interested residents to ride as passenger observers with patrol officers. The Ride-Along program promotes a better understanding of the challenges, risks and rewards of the police officer’s role in the community.  We thank you for your interest in our Ride-Along program and encourage questions, comments, and suggestions about this program and the Clearwater Police Department. The Ride-Along program is administered through the Special Operations Section of the Patrol Division.

ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS

  1. Visiting dignitaries or officials.
  2. Police officers from other jurisdictions.
  3. College or university law enforcement students residing in the City of Clearwater engaged in research or fulfilling project or program requirements.
  4. Members of concerned adult or youth groups within the City of Clearwater
  5. Other members of the criminal justice system.
  6. Individuals over the age of 16, and under the age of 18, who have been approved by the ranking patrol district supervisor and/or the Special Operations Section supervisor with notarized documents on file.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Participants must complete all four (4) pages of the application and required releases; additionally parents/guardians of juvenile participants must complete the Parental Release Form. Print all of the forms, fill in all required information, have signed and notarized as indicated, and submit back to:

Clearwater Police Department
Special Operations Section
645 Pierce Street
Clearwater, FL 33756.

If you have any questions please call 727-562-4152 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday.

RIDE ALONG PROGRAM RULES AND GUIDELINES

  1. All persons wishing to participate in the Ride-Along program must be a minimum of 18 years old.
  2. All participants in the Ride-Along Program must read, agree, and abide by all rules and guidelines and complete the Ride-Along application and the “Covenant Not to Sue, Promise to Release” waiver form before the Ride Along. If the participant is a juvenile, the parent(s) or guardian(s) must sign the waiver and have it notarized before an approval can be granted.
  3. Participants are only permitted to ride once every six months. The ride will last approximately four hours.
  4. Participants must have a valid photo ID or driver’s license with them when reporting for their scheduled ride-along.
  5. Participants must be dressed in clothing appropriate for contact with the public (no shorts, halter tops, t-shirts, or flip-flops). If a participant shows up for their ride and they are not in appropriate clothing they will be denied participation in the ride-along program.
  6. Participants shall be considered an observer only, and shall be under the direct supervision of the assigned officer during the ride-along.
  7. Participants shall conduct themselves in a civil and courteous manner at all times.
  8. Participants must wear their seat belts at all times while in the patrol car.
  9. Participants must remain in the patrol car unless instructed to leave by an officer.
  10. In the case of a potentially dangerous or hazardous call, participants may be dropped off at a safe location. If this occurs, the officer will give the participant specific instructions and arrange to have them picked up by another officer. Please note that this is for the rider’s safety.
  11. Participants must not become involved in any incident the officer is handling. This includes discussions of an incident with victims, witnesses, or suspects.
  12. No tape recordings, cameras, or similar devices are allowed without prior approval from the Chief of Police or his designee.
  13. For security and safety reasons, participants are not allowed to handle or use any of the officer’s equipment or the equipment in the patrol vehicle.
  14. Failure to comply with any of the above listed rules and guidelines will result in the immediate termination of the ride-along.

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