Ride along program

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

POLICY
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.

REGULATIONS

* 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.

PROCEDURE

* 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.