Monday, July 6, 2009

Dunwoody Police - Ride Along Program

On the birthday of the Dunwoody Police Department, I had the pleasure of sitting in the front seat of a Dunwoody Police Car whereby I recorded it for the entire city to share in the experience. Now the Dunwoody Police Department is offering a better deal - a ride for yourself.

The Dunwoody Police Department is pleased to offer a Ride Along program for citizens. A Ride Along program gives citizens a unique opportunity to learn about the daily challenges and risks that officers face while protecting the community. Citizens also get an “inside” view of how police officers serve the citizens of Dunwoody. In addition, citizens get to interact with a uniformed police officer and ask questions, discuss issues and voice concerns.

“At times, it is very difficult to explain to people the exact duties of a police officer and the complex nature of the job,” says Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan. “However, giving citizens the opportunity to ride along with an officer is very eye opening.” The Dunwoody Police Department is committed to establishing and maintaining close ties with citizens and promoting a realistic understanding of how community needs are being addressed by the department. A ride along program is a great way to do this.

Program Eligibility

Anyone interested in participating in the Dunwoody Police Department’s Ride Along program must complete an Ride-Along Request Form and a Ride-Along Waiver. In addition, applicants must abide by the following rules;
  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age unless they are an approved member of the Dunwoody Police Department Explorers Program.
  2. Applicant must have no felony or narcotics convictions and must be free of any misdemeanor convictions which are considered unacceptable by the Chief of Police.
  3. The applicant must complete a criminal history authorization form.
  4. The applicant must complete this ride-along request form.
  5. The applicant must complete a waiver of liability form.
  6. No participant will act as a police agent in any manner.
  7. While participating in the ride-along, no participant is allowed entry into a residence or any other location where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.
  8. No weapons such as firearms, batons, O.C. Spray, etc. will be carried by a ride-along participant including representatives from other law enforcement agencies.

1 comment:

Worth Wells said...

I had the opportunity to ride with an officer about 2.5 weeks ago. It was a great opportunity to see how these officers handle the call volume, interact with the public and the comradery among the department. Thanks for the opportunity!