Lehi Police Ride-Along

“Ride-Along” means to be an official passenger in a patrol vehicle, accompanying a police officer during part of normal tour of duty. The primary purpose of a police Ride-Along is to provide an opportunity for the community to see firsthand the day-to-day workings of law enforcement in Lehi. The Ride-Along guest receives important insight into what it means to be a police officer. Criminal Justice students and people 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 the police officer’s role in the community.

OTHER RIDE-ALONG GOALS:

  • To provide an opportunity for citizens to get to know their police officers
  • To provide citizens interested in a career in law enforcement an opportunity to examine the job
  • To educate the community about what to expect and why, if they ever have a need to call for police assistance
  • To provide an opportunity for the police officers to get to know their community

GENERAL PROCEDURES:

  • Ride-Along requests must be submitted at least forty eight (48 ) business hours before the desired Ride-Along date
  • No one shall ride until approval has been granted and a properly completed waiver has been signed. The patrol Watch Commander will make notification
  • No observer will accompany the officer while transporting or booking prisoners
  • At no time shall an officer, while accompanied by an observer, engage in pursuit driving, responding to a violent crime in progress, or perform a felony traffic stop, unless they deposit the observer at a safe location
  • A record check should be made of the potential Ride-Along candidate
  • Ride-Along participants are only permitted to ride between 8:00 am and 3:00 am
  • Ride-Along participants can only ride once, every 3 months

HOW DO YOU SIGN UP FOR A RIDE-ALONG

You must complete and sign an application form and return it to the Lehi Police Department.  As an applicant for Lehi’s Ride-Along program, you must authorize the Police Department to conduct a background investigation to determine your qualifications. All information is confidential as required by Utah and Federal statutes.

RIDE ALONG APPLICATION

Please complete the following:(Note: Any application that is incomplete will not be processed)

Ride-Along Application

THE RIDE-ALONG PARTICIPANT MUST AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING RULES OF CONDUCT

  • Arrange for transportation to and from the Lehi City Police Department
  • Observers shall, at all times, remain under the complete control of the assigned officer and comply with all directions
  • Observers shall not interfere with investigations in any way by conversing with victims, suspects, or witnesses unless directed by the assigned officer
  • The observer must be of good character, not likely to endanger the safety of the public or the officer
  • Minors must have a waiver form signed by parent or guardian
  • The participant’s attire must be neat, clean and conservative. The observer shall be well-groomed. The observer shall not wear any type of clothing, jacket, or baseball cap with a logo that might suggest that he or she is a police officer
  • No alcoholic beverages on the breath or consumption, no illicit or prescription drugs that may cause impairment of the same while participating in the Ride-Along program
  • All cameras and recording devices are prohibited
  • No firearms or other weapons may be carried, unless the participant is currently a certified active police officer with another jurisdiction in the State of Utah
  • The observer shall be in good health. No persons with severe colds or illness will be permitted to Ride-Along
  • Observers must remain in the patrol car at all times, unless told to do otherwise by the host officer
  • Observers must wear a seat belt when the vehicle is in motion
  • Observers must not become physically or verbally involved in any incident
  • Bring a meal, or money to purchase a meal
  • In the event of a serious situation, the officer will ask you to wait in a secure and safe place
  • Observers may observe an event/incident that may require your appearance in court as a witness
  • Any information overheard regarding a criminal investigation is confidential in nature and the observer shall not discuss that information with anyone
  • Ride-Along credentials must be worn at all times
  • The maximum ride-along time is 4 hours, unless authorized by a Supervisor
  • To receive an application or for further information, contact the Lehi City Police Department at 385.201.1005.  Click here for application

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