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Police Department
Ride-Along Program
The Police Department offers the opportunity for individuals to ride-along with a police officer during a normal tour of duty, and experience an officer’s day-to-day duties and responsibilities. 

Criminal justice students, and those interested in a career in law enforcement, have found it particularly useful. The Ride-Along program fosters a better understanding of the challenges, hazards and rewards of a police officer’s role in the community.

General Procedures

  • Citizens 18 years of age and older may participate.
  • No one shall ride until approval has been granted, and a properly completed application and release has been reviewed and signed by the appropriate District Commander or Watch Commander.
  • Approved applicants are limited to one (1) ride-along per year. Members of a Neighborhood Watch group are permitted one (1) ride-along every six (6) months.
  • A records check will be made of all Ride-Along candidates.
  • The duration of the ride is at the discretion of the on-duty supervisor.

How do you sign up for a Ride-Along?

If you are interested in the Ride-Along Program, please print and complete the Ride-Along Application and Release Form.
NOTE: you must have the application notarized prior to submitting it.
You may drop-off the application to the appropriate police station, or send it by mail to the address below. You will be contacted after your application has been received.

Completing the Ride-Along form does not guarantee that your request will be approved.
Central District Station (Charlie T. Deane Building)
5036 Davis Ford Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Eastern Building (Gar-Field)
15948 Donald Curtis Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Western District Station (Paul T. White, Jr. Building)
8900 Freedom Center Boulevard
Manassas, VA 20110

Ride-Along Rules of Conduct

The Ride-Along participant must agree to abide by the following rules of conduct:
  • Participants shall, at all times, remain under the complete control of the assigned officer and comply with all directions. No interference with the performance of the officer shall be permitted.
  • Citizens are not permitted to accompany the officer in the booking area when prisoners are being processed.
  • Participants are not allowed to carry a firearm.
  • All cameras and recording devices are prohibited.
  • Participants are required to present a neat, clean appearance (no jeans).
  • Any information overheard regarding a criminal investigation is confidential in nature and the participant shall not discuss the information with anyone.


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