Ride-along

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A ride-along is an arrangement for a civilian to spend a shift in the passenger seat of an emergency vehicle, observing the work day of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic.wikipedia
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Citizen's Police Academy

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The most common form of ride-alongs are Law Enforcement Explorers, Auxiliary or Volunteer Police officers and participants in Citizen's Police Academy programs.
One common feature is the option to participate in a ride-along with a police officer for a shift to see what a day as a police officer is like.

Jack Unterweger

Most participants in ride-alongs do not have ill intentions; however, in 1991, famed journalist and serial killer Jack Unterweger went on a ride-along with the Los Angeles Police Department allegedly to learn the location of the area's red light districts.
Unterweger met with local police, even going so far as to participate in a ride-along of the city's red light districts.

Separate Vocations

In The Simpsons episode "Separate Vocations", Bart Simpson goes on a ride-along with Springfield police officers Eddie and Lou, following an aptitude test which suggests that Bart is best suited as a police officer.
Lisa is therefore required by the test to spend the day doing chores with her mother Marge, while Bart goes on a ride-along with the police.

Pilot (Breaking Bad)

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In the first episode of the TV series Breaking Bad, Walter White goes on a ride-along with his DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank Schrader.
Having earlier seen a news report showing a large amount of money recovered from one of Hank's drug busts, Walt takes up a previous offer to go on a ride-along as Hank and his partner Steven Gomez raid a known meth lab.

Ride Along (film)

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The 2014 film Ride Along focuses on a security guard (Kevin Hart) going on a ride-along with a police officer (Ice Cube) whose sister he wants to marry.
James, a police officer out to catch a Serbian smugglers' boss, takes Ben on a ride along to prove himself.

Police officer

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A ride-along is an arrangement for a civilian to spend a shift in the passenger seat of an emergency vehicle, observing the work day of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic.

Firefighter

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A ride-along is an arrangement for a civilian to spend a shift in the passenger seat of an emergency vehicle, observing the work day of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic.

Paramedic

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A ride-along is an arrangement for a civilian to spend a shift in the passenger seat of an emergency vehicle, observing the work day of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic.

Legal guardian

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When participation of those under 18 is permitted, consent from a parent or legal guardian may be required.

Criminal record

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Those with criminal records or problems on previous ride-alongs may also be barred from participation.

Law Enforcement Exploring

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The most common form of ride-alongs are Law Enforcement Explorers, Auxiliary or Volunteer Police officers and participants in Citizen's Police Academy programs.

Journalist

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These include interest in a future career in law enforcement, personal interest in law enforcement officers without such a career, journalists wishing to write reports, and those interested in community relations.

Cops (TV program)

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The television show Cops is made with a variety of police ride-alongs put into a half-hour segment.

Liability waiver

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Some departments require applicants to sign a liability waiver prior to participation.

Boise, Idaho

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In 2007, a woman in Boise, Idaho was on a ride-along when she witnessed two police officers fatally shoot a suspect following a high-speed chase.

Car chase

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In 2007, a woman in Boise, Idaho was on a ride-along when she witnessed two police officers fatally shoot a suspect following a high-speed chase.

Television show

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The TV series Top Cops, which aired 1990-1993, once told the true story of the 8-year-old son of a police officer whose father took him on a ride-along after obtaining an exemption to the department's policy in which the minimum to apply was 14.

Top Cops

The TV series Top Cops, which aired 1990-1993, once told the true story of the 8-year-old son of a police officer whose father took him on a ride-along after obtaining an exemption to the department's policy in which the minimum to apply was 14.

Bank robbery

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During the shift, the officer was called to a bank robbery, in which the robber claimed to be armed with a live-wire bomb, and demanded the tellers take him to the vault.

Serial killer

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Most participants in ride-alongs do not have ill intentions; however, in 1991, famed journalist and serial killer Jack Unterweger went on a ride-along with the Los Angeles Police Department allegedly to learn the location of the area's red light districts.

Los Angeles Police Department

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Most participants in ride-alongs do not have ill intentions; however, in 1991, famed journalist and serial killer Jack Unterweger went on a ride-along with the Los Angeles Police Department allegedly to learn the location of the area's red light districts.

Red-light district

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Most participants in ride-alongs do not have ill intentions; however, in 1991, famed journalist and serial killer Jack Unterweger went on a ride-along with the Los Angeles Police Department allegedly to learn the location of the area's red light districts.

Prostitution

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Shortly thereafter, several area prostitutes were murdered, and Unterweger was considered the prime suspect.

Murder

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Shortly thereafter, several area prostitutes were murdered, and Unterweger was considered the prime suspect.

United States

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In the United States, ride-alongs have raised privacy concerns.