Welcome to the Monterey Police Department’s Ride-Along Program.

PLEASE NOTE: USE THE FORM BELOW TO REQUEST A RIDE-ALONG. YOUR RIDE-ALONG IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL WE CONTACT YOU FOR CONFIRMATION.

We are pleased you are interested in participating in the program. We aim to offer you an experience that is enjoyable, as well as meaningful. Even though police patrol work is “routine”, there is a constant element of danger, which can suddenly present itself without warning and without regard on whom it strikes. Riding in a police car on patrol can put you in the same dangerous position as the Police Officer. For this reason, we feel it is necessary to establish some basic safety guidelines, as follows:

  • We ask that you conduct yourself as an OBSERVER, that is you must not become physically or verbally involved in an incident in which the officer is involved. Cameras, video, or audio recording are not permitted.
  • Please feel free to ask questions of the officer, but not while the officer is talking to a citizen. The officer’s full concentration will be directed to the citizen’s statements, questions, and actions. Any distraction could be dangerous, or at least prevent the officer from obtaining the complete details needed.
  • Remember that while you and the officer are riding on patrol, the officer is not “just driving around.” Patrol is the most important part of the officer’s job. The officer is expected to be alert, concentrate on safe driving, and at the same time look for violations of the law, hazardous conditions, suspicious circumstances and also listen to the police radio. If the officer stops talking to you in the middle of a sentence or does not seem to hear your question, it may be that the officer stopped to listen to a radio transmission or that something on the street caught the officers’ attention.
  • You may accompany the officer wherever the officer goes, but only with the officer’s permission. If the officer is called to a fight in progress, a domestic dispute or any other call in progress, please be alert and careful. We do not want to see you get hurt. The officer will ask you to remain in the patrol car if the officer feels a situation could place you in danger.
  • While in the patrol vehicle, all safety laws are in effect. At any given time, you might go from a slow routine patrol to a high speed chase with red lights and sirens. Wear your safety belt at ALL times.
  • The officer will explain the equipment inside the police car to you. DO NOT TOUCH ANY OF THIS EQUIPMENT. Feel free to inquire about the equipment, though.
  • Riders will be allowed to ride a maximum of two times per calendar year and for four hours each time. Exceptions to this rule must have prior approval.Riders must wear appropriate attire during the ride-along.
  • I understand and recognize the need for the Monterey Police Department to check the suitability of those who participate in the ride-along program. I authorize the Monterey Police Department and its employees to conduct an inquire into Department of Motor Vehicles, State Department of Justice, County of Monterey, and Monterey Police Department criminal history files and driving history records.

EMERGENCY
Call 9-1-1

Officer Needed, Dispatch,
Non-Emergency

(831) 646-3914

Records (831) 646-3830
Fax (831) 646-3899
Confidential Tip Hotline
(831) 646-3840

Monterey Police Department
351 Madison Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Open 24 hours a day

Officer Email List

Ride-Along Request Form - WE WILL CONTACT YOU PRIOR TO CONFIRM

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  • I have read the attached information sheet regarding the Monterey Police Department’s student/citizen Ride-Along Program. With that knowledge and information in mind, I do hereby release and hold harmless the City of Monterey; its Police Officers, officials, agents, and employees from any claim for damages for any loss of property, injury, or death which might result from my participation in the Ride-Along program. I do further grant a general release for myself, my heirs, and assigns from all claims which can or may ever be asserted as a result of injuries or damages, mental or physical, sustained by me while with the Monterey Police Department pursuant to its Ride-Along Program. I expressly acknowledge that risks, known and unknown, are inherent in participating. I have read and understood the above agreement and fully assume all risks for any injuries received. This release is given freely in consideration of the privilege being extended to me to ride in vehicles of the Monterey Police Department during regular duty hours and/or participating in other Monterey Police Department activities.

    NOTE: At time of ride-along, please bring a photo ID. You will need to sign the print copy of this agreement. Signature of parent or guardian is required for any rider under age 18.

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