Ride-Along Restrictions

  • With a few exceptions, you must be 18 years or older to participate in the program. 
  • Prior to your ride, you will be required to sign a waiver of liability form. This form is intended to release the Town of Davidson, the Davidson Police Department, and any individual officer from civil liability for any and all injuries suffered by you as a result of your association with the department as an observer. In the case of persons between the age of 16 and 18 years, this waiver must be signed by both the individual wishing to ride and a parent or legal guardian.
  • The Davidson Police Department requires that you be physically able to perform the observation function without assistance from your host officer.
  • You will be required to maintain a neat, clean, and businesslike appearance. Please keep in mind that your appearance while in the company of our officers will be a reflection upon the police department. If a question arises about the suitability of your appearance, the supervisor will make a decision about your continuation in the program. This decision will be final.
  • Under no circumstances may you be armed with a weapon.
  • The United States Supreme Court has ruled that under most circumstances, civilian observers may not accompany police officers into private residences or businesses without the permission of the occupant(s). When circumstances permit, your host officer will introduce you to the occupants and ask for permission; however, you may not enter the premises unless it is granted. When it is not, you will be asked to remain in the patrol car or other safe location.
  • You may accompany the officer during prisoner transport and booking processes if, in the officer's opinion, it would not constitute a hazard to any of the persons involved or interfere with an investigation.
  • You shall not participate in any police activity or converse with any prisoner, suspect, witness, or any other person contacted on police business unless your host officer has granted permission.
  • You shall not inquire as to why an officer handled a complaint as he/she did until after the completion of the call.
  • You shall not make any audio or video recordings during your tour without the prior knowledge and permission of your host officer. Although officers will not demand to review or edit tapes made with their permission, you should be aware of the possibility that the tapes could be taken as evidence if they contain information important to an open criminal case.