The Sheriff's Office encourages community interest and involvement in the law enforcement process and allows reputable citizens and student interns to ride as passenger observers in Sheriff's vehicles for legitimate civic or educational reasons.
You must sign a Release and Indemnity Agreement Form (SO 226) that is supplied at each District/Division Office.
The District/Division Commander will review the signed form prior to your entering a Sheriff's Office Vehicle.
The Release and Indemnity Agreement shall specifically state the time period during which the observer will accompany deputies. If an extension is requested, and approved by the Sheriff, a second Release and Indemnity Agreement form shall be completed. Exceptional situations shall be addressed, as deemed appropriate by the District/Division Commander.
Your request-to-ride letter, a copy of the approval/disapproval letter, the criminal history printout and the original Release and Indemnity Agreement Form shall become part of your file and be maintained within the District/Division screening the request.
Wear business-like attire. (Casual clothing such as mini-skirts, halter tops, sun dresses, shorts, T-shirts, polo shirts, or denim jeans will not be permitted).
You will be required to wear a Citizen Observer Identification Badge, attached to your clothing in a visible location. (The deputy you ride with will request one for you from the district desk deputy, and turn it back in at the end of the shift).
Sheriff's Office non-sworn personnel who participate in the program shall wear their Sheriff's Office Employee Identification Badge.
If you wish to ride with a particular deputy you may ask the Shift Commander to allow you to do so. However the deputy must not be on probation, must have had a good performance rating, and cannot be related to you, or dating you.
If you do not request a specific deputy to ride with, the Shift Commander should attempt to assign you to a Field Training Officer if available.
You will be under direct supervision of the deputy you are riding with.
You will be prohibited from assisting in criminal interrogations, chasing fleeing subjects, or physical confrontations involving arrests.
You will not exit the vehicle except upon specific instructions of the deputy with whom you are riding.