Citizen Ride-Along Program

To help foster a positive relationship with the community and to help citizens better understand what our officers do on a daily basis, the Riley County Police Department has a ride-along program that puts citizens in police cars out on patrol with officers. Citizens can get a first-hand look at the challenges officers face each day and hopefully come away with a better understanding of the services we provide.

Ride-along participants only act as observers. They do not perform any law enforcement work that the officer would normally do. They do not wear a uniform or badge, operate a patrol car, handle department equipment or weapons or complete any official paperwork. To apply for a ride-along, complete this Ride-Along Application (PDF). Next, save as a PDF and then submit by email to Rusti Klym (this form does contain personal and contact information).


  • The Patrol Division Commander, or designee, may allow civilians and law enforcement personnel from other jurisdictions to ride along with on-duty officers.
  • Juvenile participants under age eighteen must secure additional approval from their parents or legal guardian.

Program Eligibility

  • No more than 2 participants may ride along during the same time period.
  • Participants will complete and submit their Application and Waiver of Liability at least 14 days in advance of their preferred ride-along date and time.
  • Applications will be routed to the Public Information Officer for processing.
  • A local background check and criminal history check is completed on all applicants.
  • Upon final review, the Public Information Officer or shift supervisor will contact the participant to notify them of their eligibility status.

Waiver of Liability

  • Required for all participants
  • Must be signed by all participants age 18 and over
  • Must be signed by all parents of participants under 18 years of age
  • Will reflect inherent risks of the ride-along program and the participant/parent's acceptance of these risks
  • Will reflect participant restrictions and instructions

Dress Code

  • Clean, casual clothing in good condition is acceptable
  • Shorts or sleeveless shirts are not allowed
  • Open-toed shoes are not allowed


  • Conduct themselves in a civil and courteous manner at all times
  • At all times obey the directives of the officer with whom they are riding
  • Remain in the police vehicle during traffic stops
  • Not enter any building, home, or other area unless and until instructed to do so by an officer
  • Not interfere with officers while in the performance of their duties
  • Not photograph or record by any means, any activity, person or area without permission of the officer
  • Not become involved in the arrest or physical control of any person
  • Not carry weapons while participating in the ride-along program, unless they are an active Law Enforcement Officer
  • Ride Alongs are not permitted after the hours of 9:30 pm or before the hours of 7:30 am.

For more information or to schedule a ride-along, contact Rusti Klym, Patrol Secretary.