Our ride-along program is currently suspended due to COVID-19 precautions. We hope to resume the program soon.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office must comply with state and federal security requirements to ensure we have continued, uninterrupted access to state and national information databases necessary for operations. – However, we also want to permit citizen access and interaction with employees while on duty to foster good working relationships…“operating in the sunshine.”

Therefore, ride-alongs must successfully pass a criminal history/warrants background check. CCC applicants will be processed through a fingerprint-based background check.

The Process

  • Any ride-along is on an as-available basis and consideration as to safety and the efficiency of ASO is of utmost importance.
  • Ride-Along participants are required to sign a liability Ride-Along Program Waiver/Release before being permitted to ride.
  • Participants will be restricted to riding along no more than once a month.
  • Participants will be given a list of Ride-Along Program – Instructions and Rules

Start your experience by contacting any employee or calling our main number of (352) 367-4000. You can also always contact us through the Contact Us link above.

Restrictions:

  • Citizens must be fifteen (15) years of age or older to participate in the program.
  • Participants under eighteen (18) years of age may only ride between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM and his/her parent or guardian must sign the Waiver/Release form.
  • Participants may not operate ASO vehicles, unless required by exigent circumstances.
  • Participants may not ride with a family member or anyone with whom they are involved in a personal relationship.

Ride-along observers must abide by the following instructions and rules:

  • Report to the appropriate Shift Commander or his designee at a location determined by the Shift Commander/supervisor.
  • Observers will be neat and clean in appearance and attire. Decisions regarding questionable attire or appearance will be made by the Shift Commander or Bureau Chief.
  • Observers will not be armed unless otherwise authorized by their position as a current law enforcement officer, deputy or detention deputy.
  • Observers have no law enforcement authority and are under direct authority of the deputy to whom they are assigned.
  • Observers will not interfere with any deputy or detention deputy performing his/her duty and will not:
    • Become involved in any investigation,
    • Handle evidence,
    • Discuss any case with victim(s), witnesses and suspect(s), or
    • Handle ASO equipment without authorization from the deputy, unless exigent circumstances dictate to save a life or prevent serious bodily injury.
  • Observers will abide by their host deputy’s decision as to whether or not they will be allowed to exit the vehicle and observe particular calls for service.
  • Observers, host deputies, a supervisor and the Shift Commander may terminate the ride-along at any time it is deemed necessary to benefit the observer and the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Observers may be called to court as a witness as a result of participating in the program.