Ride Along Program
Ride Along Program
The Quakertown Police Department offers the Ride Along Program. The program is used to educate the ride along participant in many aspects of police work by close observation of police officers performing a variety of tasks during the course of a patrol shift. It is hoped that the program will promote positive police/community relations by increased contact with the public.
Ride Along Participants are required to abide by the established rules and regulations set forth in the Civilian Ride Along Program policy to ensure their own safety, the safety of the officer and the general public, and to reduce the potential for liability.
The Ride Along guest receives important insight into what it means to be a police officer. 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 the police officer's role in the community.
In order to qualify for the Civilian Ride Along Program, a person must:
- Be at least 18 years of age or, at least 16 years of age with written authorization from a parent or guardian;
- Complete a ride along release of liability form;
- Be approved by the Chief of Police or his designee;
- Successfully pass a brief background investigation conducted by the Police Department which will include driver's history record, criminal history record, and any other pertinent information for review by the Chief of Police.
- Civilians wishing to participate in the "Ride Along Program" shall complete the appropriate documents at least two weeks prior to the requested date of the ride along. You can download the waiver of liability form here: Waiver
For more information on this program, please contact the administration office of the Quakertown Police Department at 215-536-5002.