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Ride Along ProgramPolice Department SBPD

Effective immediately, the SBPD is temporarily suspending the Ride-Along Program as a precaution against COVID-19.  We are accepting no applications for new Ride-Alongs at this time. 


Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Police Department. The Ride-Along Program is a project designed to improve interaction with the community and to give interested adults a first-hand opportunity to observe the police perform their everyday patrol duties. As a result of this program, the community will have a better understanding of the challenges confronting police, and the police officers will be exposed to the concerns and views of the community.

Anyone eighteen years of age or older may be permitted to participate in the Program at the discretion of the Police Department. All individuals must completely fill out, sign, and return the application with release agreement to the Santa Barbara Police Department, at which time a criminal records check will be performed. Before a ride may be scheduled you must first successfully pass the criminal records check.

Ride-Along participation is limited to once per year.

Ride-Along guests must be in professional attire, consisting of dress pants, a button-down shirt or blouse, and flat dress shoes.  Sneakers, T-Shirts, jeans, shorts, or sandals are unacceptable for any guest. No cameras or tape recorders are permitted. No exceptions to this standard will be permitted.

Although rare, situations may arise necessitating rescheduling, interruption or denial of a scheduled Ride-Along in the interest of safety. This decision is made solely by the Department and is at its discretion.

To ensure your safety and enjoyment during the Ride-Along, guests shall abide by the following rules:

  • All Ride-Along guests shall stay in the car unless directed by the officer supervising the Ride-Along.
  • No Ride-Along guest shall be allowed to enter private residences or private property not open to the general public.
  • Cameras and recording devices are strictly prohibited.

You may download a Ride-Along form to apply.

Return your completed form by mail: 215 E. Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101 or Fax: 805-897-2434.

Last Updated: Sep 7, 2021
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