Ride Along Program

Precinct 5 offers a ride along program to select individuals, affording them the opportunity to ride with and observe, an on-duty deputy during their shift.
This program is not open to the general public but is reserved for those who have been approved based on specific circumstances.  Examples of these include, but are not limited to;

  • Attendance or recent graduate in a police academy.
  •  Applied with Pct. 5 for a Deputy position.
  • Alumni of the Pct. 5 Citizens Police Academy, (4 per year)
  • Member of the media developing a story requiring a ride along.

All requests for a ride along are evaluated on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Captain over patrol prior to a deputy being assigned to conduct the ride along.  To be considered you must first have an approved reason to want to ride with one of our deputies, then complete the application, sign a waiver of liability form, pass a background check, and be approved.

Upon approval you will be given the opportunity to decide what day and shift you would like to ride and you will then be assigned to one of our deputies.  Be aware that, due to factors such as experience levels, only certain deputies have been authorized to conduct a ride along.  Therefore requests to ride with certain deputies may or may not be approved.


  • Download the Release of Liability Form.
  • Initial all spaces, sign and witness liability form.
  • Complete below application.
  • You will need to bring a valid drivers license and the signed Release of liability form with you either prior to, or on the day your ride along is scheduled.

By submitting the below form you understand that Precinct 5 will conduct a background check prior to the ride along being approved.
Please allow 3-5 business days from the time you submit your application to receive a response.

The schedule for the Ride Along Program is currently full.  At this time there is no date for reopening registration.  Please check back later.

If you have any questions, or to check on the status of your application, contact Melissa Cassel at Melissa.Cassel@cn5.hctx.net


Department policy to be followed during the ride along:

  • The dress code, for both men and women observers will be business casual.  Slacks, close toed shoes, a shirt with a collar, and a department observer ID, (to be displayed prominently on the shirt or waistline).  Pull over polo shirts are authorized however they must have a collar.  Some examples of unauthorized attire are; T-shirts, blue jeans, sandals, shorts, skirts, clothing with pictures or written messages on them.
  • Absolutely no weapon of any type is allowed to be carried by an observer during their ride along.  This includes Handgun License holders.  If you are a current commissioned Peace Officer of any state you must declare whether or not you intend to carry a pistol on the ride along, and it must be carried in a concealed manner.
  • Due to security issues regarding scenes and information, no audio, visual, or photography recording is allowed.  An observer may take pictures with the patrol car and deputy at the station, prior to or at the end of the shift only.
  • While riding with a Pct. 5 deputy it is as an observer only.  You will be required to remain inside the patrol vehicle, unless the deputy determines the scene is safe enough for you to exit.  If you are allowed to exit and observe the scene more closely, you will need to remain a background observer.  Do not engage with any witnesses, suspects, subjects, or even the deputy while they are handling the scene. You are there as an observer only.
  • Take direction from, and follow all instructions of the deputy you are assigned to.

Failure to follow these policies will result in termination of the ride along and could result in disqualification from being able to ride with Pct. 5 in the future.


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