NPD Officer Ride-Along Program

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The Noblesville Police Department allows sincerely interested citizens and student interns to ride as passengers observers with patrol officers for legitimate civic and educational reasons. The purpose of the Noblesville Police Department Ride-Along Program is to encourage community involvement in law enforcement and to educate the public by opening lines of communication within the community. The Ride-Along Program promotes a better understanding of the challenges, risks, and rewards of the police officer's role in the community. The program is administered through the Patrol Division.
We thank you for your interest in our Ride-Along Program and encourage questions, comments, and suggestions about this program and the Noblesville Police Department.

Eligible Participants

  1. Members of concerned adult or youth groups
  2. College or university law enforcement students engaged in research or fulfilling project or program requirements
  3. Police officers from other jurisdictions
  4. Visiting dignitaries or officials
  5. Other members of the criminal justice system
  6. Any person over the age of 16 approved by the Patrol Division Commander or higher ranking officer

Application Procedure:

Applicants must complete and submit this Ride-Along application. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to fill out this application AND complete this form that needs to be notarized. Submit the notarized form and all documentation to:

Noblesville Police Department
Attn: Eric Cunningham
135 S. 9th Street
Noblesville, IN 46060

If you have questions, please call 317-776-6340.


Ride-Along Program Rules and Guidelines

  1. All persons wishing to participate in the Ride-Along Program must be at least 16 years of age.
  2. All participants in the Ride-Along Program must read, agree, and abide by all rules and regulations and complete the Ride-Along application and the "Covenant Not to Sue, Assumption of Risk, Promise to Release" waiver form before the ride-along. If the participant is a juvenile, the parent(s) or guardian(s) must sign the waiver and have it notarized before an approval can be granted.
  3. Participants are only permitted to ride once every six months unless otherwise authorized by the Patrol Division Commander.
  4. Participants must have a valid photo identification or driver's license with them when reporting for their scheduled ride-along.
  5. Participants must be dressed in clothing appropriate for contact with the public (no shorts or jeans). If the participant shows up for their ride-along and they are not in appropriate clothing, they will be denied participation in the Ride-Along Program.
  6. Participants shall be considered an observer only and shall be under the direct supervision of the assigned officer during the ride-along.
  7. Participants shall conduct themselves in a civil and courteous manner at all times.
  8. Participants must wear their seatbelts at all times while in the patrol vehicle.
  9. Participants must remain in the patrol vehicle unless instructed to leave by the officer. 
  10. In case of a potentially hazardous call, participants may be dropped off at a safe location. If this occurs, the officer will give the participant specific instructions and arrange to have them picked up by another officer. Please note that this is for the rider's safety.
  11. Participants must not become involved in any incident the officer is handling unless called upon by an officer in an extreme, life-threatening emergency. This includes discussions of an incident with victims, witnesses, or suspects. 
  12. No tape recordings, cameras, or similar devices are allowed without prior approval from the Chief of Police or his designee.
  13. For security and safety reasons, participants are not allowed to handle or use any of the officer's equipment or the equipment in the patrol vehicle unless called upon by an officer in an extreme, life-threatening emergency.
  14. Failure to comply with any of the above-listed rules and regulations will result in the immediate termination of the ride-along.

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Ride-Along Program Rules and Guidelines Consent

If you have read, understood, and agree to follow the above rules and guidelines pertaining to the Noblesville Police Department Ride-Along Program, please digitally sign below:
If the applicant is under the age of 18, a parent's digital signature will be needed below along with the completion of this form and the completion/submittal of the notary page.