Ride Along Program


The Cleveland Police Department's Ride Along Program (Civilian Observer) is designed to provide community members and the media with insight into the criminal justice system through observation and limited practical application. The community member will ride along with an officer observing first-hand how the officer handles calls that he/she is dispatched to, traffic stops, and other calls that the officer initiates. This program is provided through the Cleveland Police Department Guidelines set forth by the City of Cleveland and Tennessee Municipal League (TML).

In addition, the community member may be exposed to other elements of the criminal justice system such as:

  • Probation and parole
  • Court proceedings
  • Juvenile and domestic relation activities
  • Corrections

Additional Information

To inquire more about this program or to sign up for a ride along, please contact Sergeant Evie West.