WEST LIBERTY POLICE DEPARTMENT RIDE-ALONG GUIDELINES & WAIVER
Riders will be allowed to ride with members of the West Liberty Police Department under the following conditions:
Rider will be limited to an eight-hour day per event, unless circumstances otherwise prevent the enforcement of this rule.
Civilians: May ride with the approval of the Chief of Police or designee. At least three working days of notice will be provided so that the proper administrative procedures (approval) can be made. This may be waived by the Chief of Police or designee at their discretion. Students who wish to participate must have completed the 8th grade and be a minimum of 14 years of age. Students under the age of 18 are prohibited from participating in the ride-along program between 12 midnight and 6 a.m.
Liability: Adults will sign a waiver form absolving the City of West Liberty of any liability. Juveniles will be required to have a parent/guardian sign the waiver form as well as signing the form themselves. Parent/Guardian must come into the Police Department to sign waiver. Those persons riding will not be utilized in a manner to provide the officer with a patrol partner. The rider will remain as an observer only, unless summoned by the officer to assist him/her in an emergency situation as provided in Iowa Code Section 719.2.
Those persons wishing to ride more than once will be subject to approval each time by the Chief of Police or designee.
The following rules shall be adhered to when riding with the West Liberty Police Department:
Riders are required to wear clean, well-maintained clothing. Blue jeans will be allowed, shirts
must have a collar. Shoes need to be closed toe, clean and/or neatly polished. These are general
guidelines as to appropriate attire. Final discretion will rest with the Chief.
Persons riding in the capacity of an observer are under the control of the Officer at all times.
Observers shall not leave the patrol vehicle unless directed to do so by the Officer.
Observers shall not converse with prisoners, suspects, witnesses or other parties contacted on
police business unless directed by the Officer.
Observers shall not interfere with the Officer's activities at any time but are encouraged to ask
questions regarding procedures and activities, at an appropriate time.
Observers will not carry a firearm or handle any police equipment without prior approval.