The Waite Park Police Department does allow police observer ride alongs as our schedule allows.
If you are interested in riding along with a police officer you will first need to apply and pass a criminal background check. If your application is approved you will be notified by email. Your application will be valid for 1 year.
The following factors may be considered in disqualifying an applicant and are not limited to:
Being under 18 years of age
Prior criminal history
Pending criminal action
Pending lawsuit against the Department
Denial by an supervisor
The next step will be to set up a time to ride along. The police department has officers working 24 hours a day so we are usually able to accommodate any schedule. The police department allows 2 4-hour ride alongs per person.
RIDE A LONG PROCEDURES
Riders are not allowed to carry weapons while riding with an officer.
Riders are to remain in the vehicle unless allowed to exit the vehicle by the officer.
Riders are there for observation only. At no time should you initiate contact with someone or help at a scene unless instructed to do so by the officer.
Riders should dress appropriate for the weather.
Never dress in anything that would lead someone to believe you are a police officer. Please dress in a conservative manner and remember you are representing the Police Department while on a ride a long. A nice pair of jeans (no holes) or pants and a polo shirt would be appropriate for riders. Low cut shirts, jogging pants or tank tops are not allowed.
Any rider who shows up wearing inappropriate clothing will not be allowed to ride.
Officers have the right to refuse to allow riders when necessary.
For your safety, if the officer gets involved in a chase with a suspect you may be required to exit the squad car. Please have a cell phone with you.
RIDE ALONG APPLICATION
You can complete the online application or you can print and submit the application below.