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Mountain View Police Department
1000 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

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General Business:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)

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7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (7 days)

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You might imagine that a police ride-along would be the thrill of a lifetime—sirens wailing, driving down El Camino at 102 mph and watching people point guns at each other. Fortunately, we live in a relatively safe community, rather than an action movie.

A ride-along usually offers a quieter adventure, more likely to include driving through peaceful neighborhoods, taking reports on stolen property, routine traffic stops and making sure inebriated citizens get home safely. Nevertheless, most riders have a lot of fun.

A ride-along gives you first-hand experience in the daily duties of our officers. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss a future career in law enforcement, or get to know a member of the force. You'll learn a lot about an officer's job and your community.

Rules & Instructions
Before You Arrive
  • Neat appearance & dress.
  • No cameras or recording equipment.
  • No weapons of any kind.
  • Furnish your own transportation to/from MVPD.
  • If you can't make appointment, call to cancel.
On the Ride-along
  • Always wear seat belts.
  • Silence cell phones & pagers.
  • Obey officer's instructions.
  • Do not distract officer when s/he is busy.
  • Do not leave car, unless officer gives permission.
  • All info & names overheard are confidential.
  • Do not become involved in incidents.
  • Don't touch equipment, unless officer gives permission.
  • Be sensitive to people in distress.
How do I sign up?
Allow 3 weeks.
  1. Fill out Police Ride-Along Request.
  2. You must sign application waiver. Under 18? Parent or guardian signs.
  3. Mail or deliver application to:
    Mountain View Police Department
    1000 Villa Street
    Mountain View, CA 94041
  4. We will contact you with a date & time.
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Who can go on a police ride-along?
Anyone 14 years old or older, who lives, works or attends school in Mountain View, or is an applicant for a position with MVPD. You must also have no outstanding warrants and no felony convictions. A criminal history check will be run before the ride-along.