Town of Madison Title:
Police Dept. Ride-along Program
Effective Date: Number: No. Pages: Special Instructions:
January 1, 2005 053 3 Replaced 002 dated 06/20/03
Reference: Distribution: All Personnel
Reevaluation Date: January 1, 2006 Index as: Ride-along Program
To establish guidelines to civilians and sworn officers not employed by the Town of
Madison Police Department to ride with a police officer.
A. General Requirements
1. All requests for participation in the Ride-Along Program must be approved
by a supervisor.
2. The "Ride-Along Orientation" form and the "Agreement Assuming Risk of
Injury or Damage, Waiver and Release of Claims and Indemnity
Agreement" forms will be utilized as the application form to request
participation in the Ride-Along Program. These documents must be
submitted each and every time an individual participates in this Ride-Along
3. Persons aged eighteen (18) or over are eligible to participate in the Ride-
4. Such participation shall be at the discretion of any Supervisor.
5. The participating individual is to be identified upon request as an observer
and in no way is to be identified as having any police power, except as may
be provided by law.
B. Individual's Requirements for Participation
1. The participating individual must present a neat, clean appearance.
Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times.
a. Examples of appropriate clothing: Neat, clean jeans (without holes
or patches), collared shirt (no T-shirts), shoes and socks (no
sandals), tennis shoes are allowed.
2. The participating individual will not be allowed the use of any electronic
recording device such as a tape recorder, camera, etc.
3. All activities and information observed, overheard, obtained or resulting
from the participant's involvement in this Ride-Along Program shall be
treated by the participating individual as CONFIDENTIAL.
4. The participating individual will sign a copy of the "Ride-Along
Orientation Rules" and have a signed copy of this document in his/her
possession during the ride-along session.
5. All requests to participate in the Ride-Along Program must be submitted at
least two (2) weeks prior to the requested ride-along date. Any supervisor
at their discretion may waive this time frame. In extenuating
circumstances, the senior officer on-duty may authorize a ride-along when
there has not been a proper submission of the request to a supervisor. In
such cases, the senior officer shall make every effort to obtain at least
verbal approval from a supervisor.
6. Participating individuals' ride-along period shall not exceed eight (8)
consecutive hours for any participant.
C. Assigned Officer's Rights and Responsibilities
1. Individuals participating in the Ride-Along Program shall be under the
immediate and direct control of the officer to which he/she has been
2. The participating individual is not to engage in any police activity unless
expressly directed to do so by a Town of Madison Police Officer.
3. The participating individual is not to be armed with any type of weapon.
a. Exception: Sworn police officers in the State of Wisconsin may
carry a concealed firearm in compliance with State law and that
officer's departmental policy.
b. The Town of Madison assumes no liability for any non-Town
Police Officer for their use/misuse of any firearm.
c. The Town of Madison Police Officer will be informed of any
4. If at any time the assigned Town of Madison Police Officer, the officer in
charge, or the ranking officer determines that it is appropriate to terminate
the individual's participation, the individual shall immediately comply.
BY ORDER OF:
Scott T. Gregory
Chief of Police