Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Sheriff's Office

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.

To request a ridge-along, submit a letter of request to the divisional captain with the following information:

  • Dates and shift preferred [Scheduling a ride-along depends on deputies’ schedules and current assignments and cannot be immediate.]
  • Requestor’s full legal name
  • Address
  • Identification (Driver’s license number & Date of Birth)
  • Area of Interest/Involvement requested

Field Services – Patrol, Traffic enforcement
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 letter has been received, the participant will be contacted to schedule a ride-along and asked to complete a waiver. If the requestor is 16 to 18 years of age, the waiver must be signed by a parent.

Letters of request and questions can be sent to this email: