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    Firstly I assume this, like most issues, is going to vary depending on department policy. But I just wanted to ask if you guys have done this. Does your department let you, and have you ever, had a family member or friend do a ride-along with you. Or do they require the person to ride with someone not related to them. I just wondered if I would be able to have my brother ride along with me later on (I am not an officer, yet) to check out the profession.

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    Prohibited by Office policy.
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    • #3
      Is permitted if cleared through the Area Commander. Must ride with some one not related to them. My father went on a number of ride-alongs when he was alive.
      Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

      [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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      • #4
        My father rode along with me years ago and had a blast , my little brother rode along with me and had such a blast he became an officer at a nearby city.

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        • #5
          Not allowd here and for good reason. We find ourselves in random dangurous situations on any given night with little or no warning, thats no place to be when you have to worry about a loved one.
          I enjoy life on the dirtroad

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TOMBSTONE View Post
            My father rode along with me years ago and had a blast , my little brother rode along with me and had such a blast he became an officer at a nearby city.





            Why didn't your brother attempt to get a job where you work?


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            • #7
              I've had my wife out with me a few times, she got the standard "safety" briefing.

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              • #8
                Do it all the time...I get bored.

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                • #9
                  My department allows it. Although, I've only taken a couple of buddies on ride alongs, and my sister once. When taking my sister for a ride along, and getting permission from the Duty Commander, he said "Dont be going to the serious calls, I don't need to be telling your folks any bad news twice." Generally the dispatcher knows we have a ride along, and will only send you to belated calls or low priority calls.
                  I have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, and then questions the manner by which I provide it. I'd rather you just said thank you, and went on your way!


                  They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But I find it somewhat... distasteful. To be given credit for work that's not mine. Especially inferior work.

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                  • #10
                    Years ago when I first got started my Daddy wanted to come do a ride along. Knowing that Wednesday-Saturday nights were slammed due to having 30 bars in a four mile radius in a tourist town, I suggested Daddy come on a nice, quiet Tuesday morning.

                    An hour into shift, I had to deal with an unbalanced 16 year old that took a swing at me. I wrapped him up and we fell together off the front porch. Next thing I know, my Daddy has snatched this kid up off the ground by his collar and tossed him into the house.

                    Daddy could ride along no more.
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                    I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by HEDP View Post
                      Why didn't your brother attempt to get a job where you work?


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                      He applied for my department but another agency called faster and he went there.

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                      • #12
                        My dept is fine with it. My Mom has ridden with me twice, and the first time I popped a stolen car before it was reported on expired tags, the driver was suspended and drunk and a passenger had a warrant. The second time, I got another good stop and she complained that I always put smelly drunks in the car with her!

                        I'd love for my BF to ride with me, but I think I'd have to nail his hiney to the seat in case something similar to Smurfette's scenario arose.

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                        • #13
                          My agency allows it.

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                          • #14
                            Having worked for a number of different departments over the last three and a half decades, I have worked for one that prohibited it, one that allowed it but they could not ride with you and two that permitted it. The two that permitted family ridealongs one had them go through the same procedures and waivers as any other rider and the other just didn't care.
                            never forget: www.odmp.org

                            "In peace time our best still don battledress and lay their lives on the line"

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                            • #15
                              Our department allows it, once you are off probation, and it needs to be approved by the Lt. One of our deputies brings his wife weekly.
                              "My faith, my country and my family will guide me; nothing more, nothing less" -Gen. Tommy Franks

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