Dunwoody Police Department is pleased to offer a Ride-Along program for
citizens. A Ride-Along program gives citizens a unique opportunity to
learn about the daily challenges and risks that officers face while
protecting the community. Citizens also get an “inside” view of how
police officers serve the citizens of Dunwoody. In addition, citizens
have an opportunity to interact with a uniformed police officer to ask
questions, discuss issues, and voice concerns.
times, it is very difficult to explain to people the exact duties of a
police officer and the complex nature of the job,” says Dunwoody Police
Chief Billy Grogan. “However, giving citizens the opportunity to ride
along with an officer is very eye-opening.” The Dunwoody Police
Department is committed to establishing and maintaining close ties with
citizens and promoting a realistic understanding of how community needs
are being addressed by the department. A ride-along program is a great
way to do this.
“I still think it is nothing short
of amazing that the Department was able to get up and running so
quickly, and I have to believe that our community was wise to try to
attract experienced officers who could have good judgment about
enforcement of the law.”
“A ride-along is what gives you the best perspective of a Police Officer's duties."
“I had a great time learning about the new department and
meeting some of your officers. The officers I came in contact with were
extremely professional and treated me as one of their own.”
Anyone interested in participating in the Dunwoody Police Department’s Ride-Along program must complete a Ride Along Application Packet and return, or mail it, to the Police Department. In addition, applicants must abide by the following rules:
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age unless
they are an approved member of the Dunwoody Police Department Explorers
- Applicant must have no felony or
narcotics convictions and must be free of any misdemeanor convictions
which are considered unacceptable by the Chief of Police.
- The applicant must complete a criminal history authorization form.
- The applicant must complete this ride-along request form.
- The applicant must complete a Waiver of Liability form.
- No participant will act as a police agent in any manner.
participating in the Ride-Along, no participant is allowed entry into a
residence or any other location where a reasonable expectation of
- No weapons such as firearms,
batons, O.C. Spray, etc. will be carried by a Ride-Along participant -
including representatives from other law enforcement agencies.