Ride along with a cop!

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  1. Big country

    Big country TGT Addict

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    Well I'm supposed to be going on a ride along with one of my LEO uncles. Anyone (mainly LEO's or someone that's done this before) have any advice on what to expect?
     


  2. 30+GSXR

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    I wanna go :) I always wanted to be LEO, but the wife hates that idea.
     
  3. txinvestigator

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    I had several ride-alongs during my career as a cop;

    Be prepared to ask questions after calls and while enroute. Never ask or interfere while the officer is interacting with others or working a call, UNLESS for his safety.

    Don't engage in too much small talk in the car. He is listening to every call on the police radio.

    If you are a CHL holder ASK the officer if you plan on carrying. They may not allow it.

    Obey ALL instructions given by your uncle or other officers.

    Be prepared for an interesting evening.
     
  4. Big country

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    Thanks TI That is what I was getting at. I wasn't to sure what to expect. I have ridden with my dad in his old patrol car back when he was an S/O deputy but not while he was on duty, hell I even drove his car home from the mechanics shop once. (with his COs approval of course) and that was an experience. I have never seen so many people slam on their brakes at one time before. LOL! I don't have the CHL so that's not an issue for me. Another thing is what if he makes an arrest while I'm with him? I'm assuming that another officer will ride them in but I don't know anything for sure. So any advice or incite helps. LOL!
     
  5. kingofwylietx

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    I've ridden with a couple of friends. I guess I'll tell you what they told me, sometimes it's really exciting and sometimes it's very boring. The most surprising thing about the experiences, was the amount of paperwork they have to do. There can be a lot of paperwork, depending on what you encounter.

    One buddy said that I could carry (CHL), the other just told me how to unlock the shotgun if things went bad.

    Both experiences were very positive and a lot of fun.
     
  6. txinvestigator

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    I won't offer you any incite, but I have some insight. ;)

    Some officer like ride alongs, some don't. If you run across an officer who seem stand offish don't be offended. It is the nature of the beast. I imagine, though, since you are riding with your uncle you will be treated as family.

    If the patrol car has a cage then any arrests will be handled as usual. If not, then I imagine either another car will transport or another officer will ride in back with the prisoner.

    DO NOT act like you are one of the guys. You are NOT one of these guys. These folks work together in dangerous conditions and the bond that creates is strong and unusual to civilians. But don't be a wall flower either.

    Most of all, enjoy yourself.
     
  7. Big country

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    I was in a hurry! LOL!
    Yeah I learned not to act like one of the guys while working with Troopers on a post so at least I've that experience to guide what not to say and when it's okay to say what when and how. Thanks I'm off now I'll let y'all know how it went.
     
  8. Skip

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    Remember....NO doughnut jokes...lol
     
  9. lonestar

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    That pretty much sums it up really. If the LEO is acting like a sourpuss don't worry. Some people see it as an inconvience to have a ride-along, however like stated earlier since it's family I don't think that'll be a problem. Are you interested in becoming a LEO or just wanted tos ee the life for a bit? If interested please feel free to shoot me a PM anytime, i have a whole book of knowledge for ya;) Either way, have fun and learn.
     
  10. jordanmills

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    I'm eventually supposed to go on a couple with buddies in the local PD. Figure it can't hurt to get face time with cops as one of the good guys, or at least one of the not-necessarily-bad guys.
     

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