Ride Along Program
**The Lexington Police Department is temporarily suspending the Ride-Along Program due to COVID-19.**
The Lexington Police Department encourages community involvement in the law enforcement process and allows interested persons to ride as passenger observers with patrol officers. The Ride-Along Program provides an opportunity for individuals to experience the law enforcement function first hand.
Every attempt will be made to accommodate interested persons; however, any applicant may be disqualified without cause.
Application & Requirements
You must complete and sign an application form and return it to the Lexington Police Department. The following are requirements for being considered for Lexington's Ride-Along Program:
Minors must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.
All cameras and recording devices are prohibited, unless prior approval is given by the Chief of Police.
The applicant must not have participated in a ride-along in the previous 6 months, unless prior approval by the Chief of Police.
All weapons are forbiden; unless the participant is a certified active police officer within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Rules of Conduct
You will be in the public eye and should understand that your behavior and dress reflect on the Lexington Police Department.
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. Appropriate attire is business casual (no jeans).
Your position is that of a non-participating observer of the police function. Observers shall, at all times, remain under the complete control of the assigned officer and comply with all directions.
In the event of a serious situation, the officer will ask you to wait in a secure and safe location.
Appropriate and inconspicuous clothing is required. 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.
Observers must not interfere with victims, suspects, or witnesses in anyway, unless directed by the assigned officer.
The Ride-Along Program is available on most days of the week, with certain exceptions established by the supervisor handling the request. The ride-along times may be approved for any time of the day deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police or his designee.