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.
- Citizens must be at least 14 years of age. Those under the age of 18 will need a parent's approval prior to the ride-along.
- No one shall ride until approval has been granted, and a properly completed application and release has been reviewed and signed by the appropriate supervisor.
- Approved applicants are limited to one (1) four-hour ride-along 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.
- Applicants 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 a ride-along. Each applicant will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants shall complete and return the ride-along application no less than two (2) weeks prior to the date they wish to complete the ride-along.
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 completing a ride-along must dress appropriately for the duration of their ride. Business casual or professional attire is preferred. However, blue jeans, tennis-shoes, and other causal 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 of time in a variety of weather conditions.
Smoking or the use of tobacco products is not permitted in any police facility, motor vehicle, or while in the presences of the general public.
Riders must agree to follow all lawful instructions provided to them by any member of the Fargo Police Department during their ride-along.
All cameras and recording devices are prohibited.
Any information overheard regarding a criminal investigation is confidential in nature and the rider shall not discuss the information with anyone.
Riders are not allowed to carry or bring with hem any firearm or other dangerous weapon during the ride-along, regardless of their 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.