Ride-Along Program

The purpose of the Civilian Ride-Along Program is to allow citizens with legitimate civic reasons, or for educational purposes, to ride as observers with Officers. To be eligible to participate in the program, the citizen must meet one of the below criteria and must be at least 18 years of age:

  • A resident of the City of Bradenton,
  • The owner of a business which is located in the City of Bradenton,
  • A relative of a Department employee, or
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Criminal Justice Academy (Academy Director Recommendation is required).

Pursuant to the policy and guidelines governing our Ride-Along Program, you are required to complete the application section of this form, so that your request may be processed. A FCIC/NCIC arrests/warrant records check will be performed using the information provided. You will be required to sign a liability waiver upon approval of this request; failure to do so will result in the denial of your application. The appropriate Agency Administrator will advise you if your request meets our requirements for your participation in the Ride-Along Program. 

Please note, in accordance with the FDLE/FBI security policy, your request will be denied for any of the following:

  • Any Felony conviction, pending felony charges, and/or pending felony court proceedings.
  • Any misdemeanor conviction within the last five years.
  • If you have multiple misdemeanor convictions occurring more than five years ago.
  • If you have a misdemeanor charge or arrest pending.

The City of Bradenton Police Department reserves the right to deny any Ride-Along application with explanation.

If you are interested in participating in this program, contact Captain William Knight at (941)932-9351 or william.knight@bradentonpd.com.

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