Ride-Alongs in California: Shortcomings and Suggestions

Steve Cooper, American Military University

There is no standard policy in California regarding ride-alongs. This study sought to determine the percentage of police and sheriff agencies in California that have a policy for allowing citizens to ride with a police officer. Data were also gathered from each agency regarding their requirements for going on a ride-along. This paper presents the findings from this study and contains several suggestions for improving ride-along policies.

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Updated 05/20/2006