Ride Along Policy
The Rancho Cordova Police Department's ride-along program provides members of the community with the opportunity to see firsthand how their police department handles calls for service. In order to manage the number of ride-along requests and to provide for the safety of the participants, the following rules have been established:
Who can ride along?
Ride-alongs are open to:
- Community Members
- Recruitment for Law Enforcement positions
- Family members (who will ride with other than family)
- Other Law Enforcement Officers
- City of Rancho Cordova employees
How do I obtain authorization?
All ride-along applications are subject to background checks and must be approved by the Chief of Police or the Watch Commander. To apply, download the online application, fill it out, and mail it to or drop it off at the Kilgore Station. Applications can also be picked up/dropped off at the station or mailed to: 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Once you have completed an application, a tentative date will be assigned for your ride-along, subject to final approval and availability of officers.
Do I have to sign something?
Yes, you are required to sign an Accident Waiver that frees our insurance carrier and the Department from liability in the unlikely even that you are injured while on a ride-along. If you are under 18, your parents also sign the waiver.
Does that mean I could get hurt?
Police work by its very nature is dangerous. The officer you ride with will take all reasonable precautions to minimize your exposure to dangerous events or conditions.
When can I ride along?
Ride-alongs are permitted on our day, evening, and morning patrol shifts. Generally, ride-alongs last 8 hours.
What should I wear?
You may dress semi-casual, but your clothes should be clean and neat. Remember to dress for the weather, officers typically drive with their windows rolled down (to hear better) regardless of temperature.
Denim clothing, shorts, tank tops, printed T-shirts, as well as sandals and shoes with high heels are NOT permitted.
Can I bring a camera?
No. Due to constitutional rights of privacy, cameras and tape recorders are NOT allowed to be carried on ride-alongs.
Are there things I should not do?
Yes. Do not interfere with officers while they are performing their duties. At the conclusion of each call, the officer will be happy to answer your questions regarding how the incident was handled.