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Ride Along Program

PROCEDURE TO REQUEST A RIDE-ALONG

RIDE ALONG PROGRAM CONTACTS

Deanna Frausto
BPD - Ride-Along Program
1601 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
email: dfrausto@bakersfieldpd.us
PHONE: (661) 326-3470
FAX: (661) 852-2156

Abrina Wade
West Substation
1301 Buena Vista Road
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Email: awade@bakersfieldpd.us
PHONE: (661) 326-3470 
FAX: (661) 852-2191 

AVAILABILITY
The Ride-Along Program is available on most days of the week, with certain exceptions.  The ride-along times are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Exceptions to this schedule may be made as approved by the Chief of Police, Division Commander or Watch Commander. 

ELIGIBILITY
The Bakersfield Police Department Ride-Along Program is offered to residents, students and those employed within the City.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate interested persons however any applicant may be disqualified without cause.  The following factors may be considered in disqualifying an applicant and are not limited to:

• Being under 18 years of age
• Prior criminal history
• Pending criminal action
• Pending lawsuit against the Department
• Denial by any supervisor

SUITABLE ATTIRE
Any person approved to ride along is required to be suitably dressed in collared shirt, blouse or jacket, slacks and shoes. Sandals, T-shirts, tank tops, shorts and ripped or torn blue jeans are not permitted. Hats and ball caps will not be worn in the police vehicle. The Watch Commander or field supervisor may refuse a ride along to anyone not properly dressed.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Once approved, civilian ride-alongs will be allowed to ride no more than once every six months.  
  • An exception would apply to the following: Citizen Volunteer Unit members, Explorers, RSVP, Chaplains, Reserves, police applicants and all others with approval of the Watch Commander. 
  • No more than one citizen will participate in a ride-along during any given time period.