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Ride Along Requirements

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:

  • Live, work or attend school in the City of Greenville city limits. Check your location.
  • Have submitted an employment application to the Greenville Police Department and not yet been rejected.
  • Current participant or alumni of the Greenville Police Citizens Academy or Leadership Greenville.
  • Certified police officer in another jurisdiction.
Additionally, applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Approved applicants may ride along no more than once every six months, and ride-alongs are always limited to four consecutive hours. Additional requirements and restrictions apply.

If you do not meet one of the requirements listed above, you should not apply to the ride along program.

I have read and understand the above requirements.*

Ride-Along Program Application

Full Legal Name*
Maiden Name (if applicable)
Date of Birth*
We will contact you through email only, so be sure your email address spelled correctly.
Address of Employer or School*

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.

Have you ever been arrested and/or charged with a crime?*
Any and all arrests and charges WILL show up on a background check, so please answer truthfully.
Have you applied for employment with the Greenville Police Department?*
Do you plan to apply for a job with the Greenville Police Department?*
Are you currently enrolled in or an alumni of the Greenville Police Department's Citizens Academy or Leadership Greenville?*
Citizens Academy
Leadership Greenville
Are you a certified police officer in another jurisdiction?*
Special Exceptions
Do you have any physical limitations?*
Have you participated in a police ride along program before (including this agency or any other agency)?*


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.

I certify that the above information is correct and I further authorize a background check to confirm what I have reported on this application.*
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Ride-Along Program Eligibility

Citizens will not be allowed to participate in this program if any of the following apply:

  • Pending arrest and/or conviction for any offense
  • Any felony arrest within the previous ten (10) years
  • Any misdemeanor arrest within the previous five (5) years.
  • Currently under investigation by any law enforcement agency.
  • Has been denied employment by this agency and is ineligible to reapply.
  • Has been terminated by this agency or resigned to avoid disciplinary action.
  • Does not possess a valid, government-issued identification.
  • Any person who is a member of any organization or club, or participates in any organization that the Chief of Police deems subversive to the department or the policing profession.
  • Any person who is or has been a party to a civil law suit against the City of Greenville, the Greenville Police Department, and/or any current employees of the City of Greenville.
  • Any person who is delinquent in the payment of court-mandated child support.
  • Any person who appears mentally ill-prepared to exhibit sound judgement.

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.

I have read and understand the above eligibility requirements.*
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Program Requirements and Restrictions


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.

Prohibited Items

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.

I have read and understand the ride-along program requirements and restrictions.*
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