Ride-In Program

The goal of the Ride-In Program is to provide citizens the opportunity to observe patrol operations.

If you are interested in riding along with a police officer and meet the requirements below, contact any of the patrol divisions for information and scheduling. You will need to arrange the ride-in at least 72 hours in advance to facilitate the scheduling. You must be 16 years of age to ride-in and ride-ins under 18 years of age shall be limited to the first watch. Only one (1) ride-in is permitted within a six month period and only one (1) ride-in within a specific patrol division is permitted annually. Please read the instructions below under "Forms" before arriving for your ride-in.

The use of audio and/or video recording devices, including but not limited to, cell phones or tablets/video during the duration of the ride-in is prohibited unless prior authorization is received from the Public Relations Office.

Ride-in participation is limited to:

• City of Fort Worth employees, if authorized by their supervisor.

• Police support and service groups such as Clergy and Police Alliance, Ministers Against Crime, Explorers, and Code Blue members.

• Professors or students enrolled in a criminal justice program from an institute of higher learning with proof of current enrollment.

• Employees of the police department.
• Police candidates.

• Sworn personnel from other jurisdictions.

• Military personnel.

• Individuals referred by the Chief of Police's office, Mayor's office, or City Manager's office.

• Prosecutors from the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

For the safety of the ride-in participant and keeping with a professional image, the following dress code will be enforced:

• Business casual attire which shall include, but not limited to, traditional dress shirts, knit shirts with placket and collar, sweaters, and slacks or dress jeans. Foot wear should be conservative and comfortable, foot wear like tennis and hiking shoes are acceptable. Sworn personnel from other jurisdictions and military personnel will be requested to dress in business casual and not wear their uniform.

• Inappropriate attire includes:

Shorts or cut-off jeans,

Tank tops or halter tops,

Clothing bearing any sign or symbol that advertises any product, business, or organization. An exception is the logo shirts worn by the police support or service groups,

Clothing with offensive designs, logos, slogans, letters, or fit,

Flip flops, open or slide-on sandals,

Clothing intentionally provocative or offensive.

Patrol Divisions:
North Division - 2500 Houston, 392-4600 
West Division - 3525 Marquita St, 392-4700  
South Division - 3128 W. Bolt, 392-3400
East Division - 1000 Nashville, 392-4640  
Central Division - 501 Jones, 392-3900 


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