This project will relate the concepts learned in class to the real-world environment.  You will participate in a ride-along with a local police officer. The ride-along must be with a patrol officer/deputy with a local law enforcement agency that responds to calls for service, such as a police department or sheriff’s office.

After the ride-along, complete a written summary of your experience, which will compare what you learned in the field with what you learned in class.  Be sure to explain how the officer interacts with the community and how the citizens you encounter interact with the officer.  During the shift be sure to ask questions of the officer to see what their opinion is of policing.  Are the daily activities of a police officer what you thought they would be?


Your paper must include the name of the agency, the name of the officer, and the date and time of your ride-along.

This will be a two-page typewritten paper (double-spaced, margins no more than 1” per side, font no larger than 12 point).