Ride along program

In order to ride with a Orange County Deputy you will need to read the following policy statement, regulations and procedures.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department encourages open and candid police operations and strives to establish a climate that allows deputies to perform their duties with the acceptance, understanding, and approval of the public. Citizens are allowed to ride with deputies to promote trust and understanding.


* Participants shall wear professional casual clothing. Shorts, sleeveless shirts, and t-shirts will not be acceptable attire.
* Participants shall be under the direct control of the Deputy.
* Deputies will not allow participants to enter private homes or other areas where a citizen has a reasonable expectation of privacy without the explicit consent of the citizen. Participants will also not be allowed to photograph and/or videotape within these same areas.
* Participants shall conduct themselves in a civil and courteous manner at all times.
* Participants shall not interfere with deputies while in the performance of their duties.
* Participants shall not perform deputy duties. In an emergency, they may take appropriate action to protect themselves and/or deputies.
* Deputies shall not engage in pursuits while participants are passengers in their vehicles.
* Deputies shall have the option to deny an individual’s request to participate in the Ride Along Program.
* Participants shall not carry weapons while they are participating in the Ride Along Program.


* Citizens desiring to participate in the Ride Along Program must complete a hold harmless agreement to the division where they desire to participate.
* Citizens between the ages of 14 and 18 may only participate in the Ride Along Program if they have permission of the Sheriff. A signed written permission from the parent must be included with the application.