Community involvement in the law enforcement process allows citizens and students to ride as passenger observers with patrol officers.The ISU Police ride-along program opens the lines of communication within the campus community and promotes a better understanding of a police officer's challenges, risks, and rewards in the Iowa State community. It's also a great start for individuals interested in a position in the department.

Applications must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the request ride-along to accommodate scheduling and records checks.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, with no current driver’s license suspensions or revocations, and no outstanding arrest warrants.

Applicants are required to complete the ride-along request form and read, agree, and follow all rules and guidelines prior to participating. Failure to comply with any rules and guidelines will result in the immediate termination of the ride-along.

  • Submitting a request does not guarantee ride-along approval.
  • First-time participants are given preference over repeat ride-alongs.
  • Participants are limited to one ride-along per year.
  • Requested ride-along dates are accommodated when possible within preference guidelines.
  • Participants must bring a valid photo ID or driver's license for their scheduled ride-along.
  • Neat, clean, appropriate attire is required. Clothing that is not allowed: shorts, sweat suits or jogging suits, tank tops, halter tops, or items that are torn, soiled, or display offensive language or symbols.
  • Participants are considered observers only, and are not under the direct supervision of the assigned officer during the ride-along.
  • Maintain a civil and courteous manner at all times.
  • Wear seat belts at all times while in the patrol car.
  • Remain in the patrol car unless instructed to leave by an officer.
  • In the case of a potentially dangerous or hazardous call, participants may be dropped off at a safe location. The officer will provide specific instructions and arrange for transportation from another officer. Please note that this is for the rider’s safety.
  • Participants must not become involved in any incident the officer is handling, including discussions with victims, witnesses, or suspects.
  • No recordings, cameras, or similar devices are allowed without prior approval from the Chief of Police or designee.
  • For security and safety, participants are not allowed to handle or use any ISU Police equipment or vehicles.


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