Ride Along Program


BCSO CruiserCivilian observers may occasionally accompany law enforcement officers while on patrol in order to observe and learn about law enforcement procedures and practices.


Any person or group wishing to participate in this program will need to complete a Ride Along Program Application and a Ride Along Program Release of Liability Form. Both the application and liability form are processed and a decision is made based on the information gathered whether an applicant is approved to participate. The applicants are notified as to whether or not they are qualified to participate. In most situations, law-abiding citizens wishing to participate who have completed all necessary requirements are granted that opportunity. Convicted felons or suspects in criminal activity are not allowed to participate. A criminal background check may be performed on any applicant to verify criminal record.

General Rules for Riders

If the civilian is approved to ride along with a sworn law enforcement officer, they are responsible for following a number of rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. The civilian rider will:

  1. not participate in the ride along program more than once every six months, unless required to receive their college credit if a student
  2. not ride with the same deputy more than one time in a calendar year
  3. not be allowed to exit the marked patrol vehicle, at any time, to assist the deputy on a call, except in officer-down situations; and
  4. never carry a firearm or any other weapon while on a ride along

Application Process

Citizens who wish to ride along must complete the following Application and Liability Release. Once paperwork is submitted, it will be reviewed for eligibility to participate. Once approved, you will be contacted by a supervisor to schedule the ride along.

  1. Download and complete this form:
    1. Ride Along Program – Application and Liability Release (PDF)
  2. If you are able to scan your completed form to a computer:
    1. Submit your application online.
    2. Keep the original. You will need to submit the original signed copy before your ride along.
  3. If you do not wish to submit your application online, you can
    1. submit it to Central Records in the lobby of BCSO Headquarters¬†and ask that it be passed along to the Road Patrol’s Division Commander.
    2. mail it to:
      Butler County Sheriff’s Office
      Attn: Road Patrol Division Commander
      705 Hanover Street
      Hamilton, OH 45011