Ride-Along Program

Get a firsthand view of how police officers serve the citizens of Dunwoody.

The 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 a firsthand view of how police officers serve the citizens of Dunwoody and have an opportunity to interact with a uniformed police officer to ask questions, discuss issues, and voice concerns.

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.

At times, it is very difficult to explain to people the exact duties of a police officer and the complex nature of the job. Giving citizens the opportunity to ride along with an officer is very eye-opening. -Police Chief Billy Grogan  

Program Eligibility
Anyone interested in participating in the Ride-Along program must complete a Ride Along Program Application and return in person or by mail to the Dunwoody Police Department.  In addition, applicants must abide by the following rules:

  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age unless they are an approved member of the Dunwoody Police Department Explorers Program.
  2. 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.
  3. The applicant must complete a criminal history authorization form.
  4. The applicant must complete the Ride Along Program Application.
  5. The applicant must complete a Waiver of Liability form.
  6. No participant will act as a police agent in any manner.
  7. While participating in the Ride-Along, no participant is allowed entry into a residence or any other location where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.
  8. No weapons such as firearms, batons, oleoresin capsicum spray, etc. will be carried by a Ride-Along participant - including representatives from other law enforcement agencies.

Program Testimonials
A ride-along is what gives you the best perspective of a Police Officer's duties. - Jeremy Markel

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. - Andy Benfield