The Greenville Police Department offers certain citizens the opportunity to ride along with a police officer for part of a shift. This allows citizens to see first-hand the daily job an officer performs. The purpose of the ride-along program is to strengthen partnerships with individuals who are stakeholders in the community. Citizens may apply to participate in the GPD Ride-Along Program provided they meet certain requirements. Ride-along applicants must meet at least one of the below requirements:
If you do not meet one of the requirements listed above, you should not apply to the ride along program.
The next question asks about past arrest history. Past arrest history does not necessarily disqualify you from the Ride-Along Program; however, failure to answer truthfully will result in disqualification from the Ride-Along Program.
I understand that a criminal check and a warrant check will be conducted as part of the application process. I hereby authorize any law enforcement agency, agencies of the government of the United States of America, and agencies of the State of South Carolina to release to the Greenville Police Department any and all information which said agencies or any of them have about me, for the limited purpose of aiding the Greenville Police Department in evaluating my eligibility for participation in the Ride-Along Program. This release extends to any and all information which said agencies or any of them may have about me, whether public, personal, or confidential. I understand that I will not receive and am not entitled to know the contents of confidential reports received from these agencies and I further understand that these reports are privileged. I hereby release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless the agencies, their agents, and representatives and any person furnishing information from any and all liability of every nature and kind arising out of the furnishing and inspecting of such documents, records, and other information, and this release shall be binding on my legal representatives, heirs, and assigns.
Citizens will not be allowed to participate in this program if any of the following apply:
The Chief of Police or his designee retains the right to allow or deny anyone from all participation in this program at his/her discretion with or without cause or explanation.
Program participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Number of Ride-Alongs
The number of rides per citizen will not exceed one (1) time in a six-month time period and shall be limited to four (4) consecutive hours per ride-along. This does not apply to department chaplains, solicitors, employees of the City of Greenville, or Greenville Police Department applicants.
No ride-along observers will have in their possession any of the following: any firearm, handcuffs, pepper spray, electronic control device (Taser), camera, video camera, audio recording device, cell phone, or other item as stated by the Police Department. Any person arriving for their ride-along with any of the above prohibited items will not be allowed to ride.
Participants shall wear business casual clothing and appropriate footwear. Participants will not be permitted to wear short pants, dresses, skirts, sleeveless shirts, ripped or torn clothing, sandals, flip-flops, open-toed shoes, or high heels. Any clothing with a logo or printed wording that could be considered offensive to any person shall not be permitted. Any person arriving for their ride-along wearing any of the above prohibited dress will not be allowed to ride.
Any person interested in participating in the ride-along program that is the spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, significant other, or family member of an officer or employee of the Greenville Police Department will not be allowed to ride with the related person. The employee should inform the on-duty patrol supervisor is a relationship exists so the ride-along can be facilitated appropriately.
Conduct During Ride-Along
All citizen observers in the ride-along program with the Greenville Police Department will remain in the patrol vehicle at all times unless otherwise instructed by a Greenville Police Officer.
All participants are required to follow all instructions and/or lawful orders given by any Greenville police Department officer.