PD Ride-Along

The Citizen Observer “Ride-a-long” Program was introduced to provide an opportunity for citizens to get a first hand look at the services provided to the community by the City of Surprise Police Department. Approved Observer’s will ride side by side with a Patrol Officer as they respond to daily calls for service such as crime reports, traffic stops, court service, and arrests.

This program not only enhances the relationship between Officers and Citizens, but also provides an opportunity to those who may be interested in a career in Law Enforcement by providing them an experience that may assist in their career decisions.

Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Resident of Surprise
  • Must be 18 years of age or an active member of an Explorer Program
  • No prior felony arrests or extensive police records
  • Can not be on probation or parole
  • Appearance must be business casual
  • All participants will be required to complete a Citizen Observer Waiver Form and pass a background check prior to participating
  • Those approved for participation will be notified of the date and time they are scheduled to ride

Citizen Observer Waiver Forms can be picked up/dropped off at the Surprise Police Department or downloaded and e-mailed to publicrecords.spd@surpriseaz.gov.