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Ride-along

A ride-along is an arrangement for a civilian to spend a shift in the passenger seat of an emergency vehicle, observing the work day of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic.

Ride-alongs are offered by many police departments around the world. There is a minimum age to participate in a ride-along. Depending on the department, it is often somewhere between the ages of 14 and 18. When participation of those under 18 is permitted, consent from a parent or legal guardian may be required. Those with criminal records or problems on previous ride-alongs may also be barred from participation. The most common form of ride-alongs are Law Enforcement Explorers, Auxiliary or Volunteer Police officers and participants in Citizen's Police Academy programs.

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I went on a ride along pretty recently. It was by far one of the most fun experiences ever. You really do get a feel for what a cop sees and does everyday. You get a feel for some of the tough calls they have to make. If you want a career in law enforcement, or even if you don't, you should totally do this sometime. If you can, try going during the night shift. All the best stuff happens at night ?

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