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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Effective 12/17/21, we will be resuming the Ride-Along program for FIELD SERVICES ONLY,  with COVID-19 Precautions:  The ride-along participant is required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within three days of  their ride-along.  If these requirements are not met, a ride-along will not be permitted.  Additionally, all participants will be required to wear a mask while in the squad cars and/or in any buildings.

Ride-alongs for Security Services, Administration and Support Services are not being approved at this time. 

Ride Along with a Deputy

The public can request to ride-along with a deputy in most assignments. This allows the participant to see what the deputy does on patrol, providing security, working in the courts, or other approved areas in the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Requestors must be at least 16 years of age and 18 years of age for any Jail related functions. Typically, a participant is not eligible to schedule another ride-along until one year has elapsed from the previous ride-along unless an exception is granted by the divisional captain.

You will have the option to choose which division you would like to observe.

  • Field Services – Patrol, Traffic enforcement

Ride-alongs in these Divisions are still on hold but may be available in the future:  

  • Security Services – Jail Operations (must be at least 18 years of age) 
  • Support Services – Courthouse security and Civil Process related assignments 
  • Administration – Training, Officer in Command (2nd & 3rd shifts) 

While on the ride-along the participant will not offer assistance, or participate in law enforcement duties. The participant will also carry additional information to include their doctor, preferred hospital, any medical problems, and emergency contact information.

Once the application and waiver have been received, the participant will be contacted to schedule the ride-along. If the requestor is 16 to 18 years of age, the parent or legal guardian's signature must be witnessed by a Sheriff's Office Deputy or Supervisor or be notarized in order to be valid permission. 

To request a ride-along, please click the button below and submit a completed application form and waiver.