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Police Ride-Along Program

The Fargo Police Department offers the opportunity for individuals to ride-along with a police officer during a normal tour of duty, and experience an officer's day-to-day duties and responsibilities.

Criminal justice students, and those interested in a career in law enforcement, have found it particularly useful. The Ride-Along program fosters a better understanding of the challenges, hazards and rewards of a police officer's role in the community.

General Guidelines

  • Ride-alongs can occur at anytime on any shift. The Day Shift runs from 7 a.m to 5 p.m.; the Evening Shift runs from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; the Night Shift runs from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Generally, riders are allowed a four-hour block every six months. However, exceptions will be made if the applicant is attending a law enforcement academy, citizen academy, intern program or if other special circumstances apply.
  • Riders must be at least 14 years of age. Those under the age of 18 will need a parent’s approval prior to riding along.
  • You should indicate the time and date you wish to ride in the appropriate space on the application. The selected date should be at least 2 weeks from the date of application.
  • We may not be able to accommodate requests to ride with specific officers or in specific parts of town.
  • Those wanting to ride-along with a Fargo Police Officer must agree to have a criminal records check completed prior to the request being approved. Prior citations, arrests or convictions will not necessarily disqualify you from riding along. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • You will be contacted to confirm the status of your ride-along request either by phone or by email. If you have not heard back from us within 72 hours of your requested date/time, please call 701.241.8175.

How do you sign up for a ride-along?

If you are interested in the Ride-Along program, please print and complete the Ride-Along Application and Release Form.

You may drop-off or mail the application to the Fargo Police Department Headquarters.

You will be contacted after your application has been received.

Completing a Ride-Along application does not guarantee that your request will be approved.

Dress Code and Etiquette

Citizens riding along with Fargo Police Officers must dress appropriately for the duration of their ride. Business casual or professional attire is preferred. However, blue jeans, tennis-shoes, and other casual attire is acceptable as long as it is not offensive or in disrepair. Riders should be prepared to be outside for short or extended periods in a variety of weather conditions. Smoking or the use of other tobacco products is not permitted in any police facility, motor vehicle, or while in the presence of the general public.

Any person riding along must agree to follow all lawful instructions provided to them by any member of the Fargo Police Department during the time the person is participating in the ride-along.

Weapons

You are not allowed to carry or bring with you any firearm or other dangerous weapon during the time you are accompanying a sworn officer or other department employee, regardless of your status or ability to otherwise lawfully possess or carry any such firearm or dangerous weapon.

Failure to adhere to these rules and guidelines may result in the ride-along being terminated early at the discretion of the officer or supervisor.


Ride-Along Application