Citizen Rider

Would you like to see what Dallas police officers do throughout their shift? You can ride with a
Dallas police officer and see firsthand what officers encounter on a daily basis. Our Citizen
Rider Program allows citizens the opportunity to ride with an experienced officer for up to four
hours of their regular patrol shift. Participants are limited to one time per calendar year, unless
otherwise approved by the Chief of Police or designee. 

Persons requesting additional information regarding the Citizen Rider program may call
503.831.3516. Citizen Rider request forms are available at the Police Department or click here.


Requirements


 
Any citizen wishing to ride as an observer must complete a Citizen Rider Request Form and
have it approved by a police department supervisor prior to riding with an officer. Citizens under
18 years of age must have parental approval. Juveniles must be at least 16 years old to
participate in ride-a-longs during other than daylight hours.


Expectations


 
Any seemingly minor call can quickly bring the unexpected. Citizens may witness firsthand,
anything from routine patrol work, to emergency responses or a major case investigation.
Additionally, this is a terrific way to get to know some of the officers on a one-on-one personal
basis. 

The safety of their citizen riders is a high priority for the police officers. In an especially
dangerous response situation an officer may be required to quickly drop off their rider at a safe
location.