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HomeMy WebLinkAbout0039 - RIDE ALONG PROGRAMRed Wing Police Department Policy SUBJECT: POLICY NUMBER W CIVILIAN RIDE -ALONG PROGRAM 39 Oxr, EFFECTIVE DATE May 23, 2008 REFERENCE(S): APPROVED BY: Minnesota CHIEF ROGER D. POHLMAN PURPOSE: The purpose of this policy is to establish a civilian ride -along program and the procedures to be followed in furtherance of said program. POLICY: It is the policy of the Red Wing Police Department to allow selected civilians to accompany sworn officers during the performance of their official duties in an effort to promote understanding of the duties carried out by those officers and to provide for the educational needs of those civilians. COMMENT: Police work can be dangerous. It may involve hazards to the health of those civilians that desire to participate in the civilian ride -along program. There is the possibility that a participant could be seriously injured or killed. This danger must be weighed against the value of exposure to the types of duties that officers perform. Typically, those selected to participate will be fulfilling an educational requirement or performing a civic duty and shall only be exposed to minimal risks. Examples of those whom may be considered to participate in this program include: 1. Red Wing High School students exploring law enforcement as a career 2. Red Wing Explorer Scouts 3. Red Wing Police Reserves 4. Job applicants with approval from administration 5. Other sworn peace officers who are contemplating employment with Red Wing or a city (cities) of similar size 6. Media personnel 7. Post -secondary students enrolled in a law enforcement program (Red Wing High School graduate preferred) 8. Immediate family members. 9. Others as deemed appropriate by administration 1. PROCEDURE A. Application. Persons desiring to participate in the ride -along program will seek and obtain permission from the Red Wing Police Department. The Chief of Police, their designee, or a Sergeant will consider the reason the applicant Page 1 of 3 CIVILIAN RIDE -ALONG PROGRAM -POLICY 39 wants to participate, along with the frequency, duration, and hours requested. A criminal background of the applicant may be completed. B. Assignment. Hours, locations and assignments that applicants will be allowed to participate in are to be determined by the Chief of Police, their designee, or a Sergeant. C. Liability Release. All participants must sign and submit to the Red Wing Police Department a release and waiver form prior to participation. The intention of this requirement is to protect the liability interests of the City of Red Wing and its Police Department when civilians desire to ride with police officers for a period of time. D. Participation (per civilian). Participation in the ride -along program will only be allowed once a year per civilian. The only exceptions would be: 1. Red Wing Explorer Scouts 2. Red Wing Police Reserves 3. Law enforcement students interning with this department or another law enforcement agency with approval from administration. Participation of personal ride -along participants (per officer) Officers will only be allowed one personal ride -along participant per three- month period. Personal ride -along participants are limited to immediate family members (not including minor children), and law enforcement associates who are contemplating employment with the Red Wing Police Department. or a city (cities) of similar size. E. Ride -along event. Officers assigned a ride -along participant should use appropriate caution to ensure that the person is not placed in unduly dangerous or hazardous situations. Officers should not engage in police pursuits, calls involving firearms, or other dangerous situations with ride -along participants. F. Termination. The Chief of Police, their designee, or a Sergeant may terminate the opportunity to participate in the ride -along program at any time that it is determined to be in the best interests of the Red Wing Police Department G. Performance of Routine Duties. Page 2 of 3 CIVILIAN RIDE -ALONG PROGRAM -POLICY 39 This order is not designed to prevent Red Wing Police Officers from performing their normal job related duties, however, the best interest of the civilian should be kept in mind at all times. Page 3 of 3 CIVILIAN RIDE -ALONG PROGRAM -POLICY 39