Ride-Along Program

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Notice: The Vehicle Ride-Along program has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for updates.

Vehicle Ride-Along

In order to promote a better understanding of its mission and operation, it is the policy of the Greensboro Police Department to permit citizens to ride in police vehicles as a passenger/observer. Participation in the vehicle ride-along program will be limited to a maximum of one six-hour ride-along per 12 months, between 7 am and 2 am.

  • Riders must be at 18 years old or older. The exception is for Police Explorers, who must be at least 14 years old and participate in a manner consistent with the procedures established for the Explorer Program. 

  • Participants must be able to pass a background check. Riders will be denied if they have prior criminal felony charges or any serious misdemeanor charges; if they have been banned from specific properties; is under the influence of an impairing substance, drugs or alcohol; if they have a pending lawsuit against the Department or City; if they have negative character references from Department employees; or if there are staffing issues.

  • Riders must abide by the conditions of participation and sign this waiver

  • There will only be one rider per vehicle

  • Ride-alongs need to be scheduled at least five business days in advance. This can be done in person at Watch Operations, by phone or via an online application on the Department’s website.

  • Suitable dress and personal hygiene are required. Riders must wear comfortable, casual business attire, which includes neat jeans, khakis or dress pants and collared shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters. Prohibited are ripped jeans, revealing clothing, open-toed shoes, shorts, T-shirts, beach wear, leggings, athletic wear, law-enforcement clothing or equipment, and clothing items with advertising or inflammatory images or statements. Participants cannot carry weapons during the ride-along.

To participate, call Watch Operations at 336-373-2496, visit Police Headquarters at 100 East Police Plaza, Greensboro NC, 27402 or fill out our online form.