Ride-Along Program Requirements and Regulations

1. Dress and Grooming Standards

a. Participants in the Ride-Along Program must dress and groom themselves in an appropriate and business-like manner. The assigned Deputy will determine if the participant’s attire and/or grooming is appropriate to ride in a law enforcement vehicle and represent the Sheriff’s Office.

b. Minimum requirements are slacks and a dress shirt for males; females will wear slacks and blouses. Jeans and/or tee-shirts are not acceptable for either sex.

c. Males will be clean-shaven or will have neatly trimmed beards or mustaches and hair will be neatly groomed.

d. Clothing that advertises any product, business, or organization will not be permitted; nor will any sign or symbol that is inflammatory in nature.

2. Observers in the Ride-Along Program are guests of the Sheriff’s Office and will conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Observers will:

a. Not use alcoholic beverages immediately prior to or during the Ride-Along period;

b. Not use profane or abusive language or behave in any manner that might embarrass the Sheriff’s Office or cause an incident to escalate;

c. Not enter into any investigation or converse with any citizen, witness or prisoner concerning a police incident or investigation;

d. Not make known to unauthorized persons the identity of persons arrested, detained or suspected of any offense;

e. Not operate or use any police equipment or vehicle, except in the case of an emergency, when requested to do so by a deputy;

f. Not imply or convey the impression of being a deputy;

g. Remain in the patrol vehicle during routine traffic stops and calls of a violent nature, or whenever directed to do so by a deputy; and

h. Obey, without question, any instructions given by the deputy in charge

i. Not use or post to any social media in regards to activity taking place during the ride along

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