Ride with an Officer

The APD Ride Along Program is designed to give citizens a first-hand view of police work in Austin, Texas. After completing an application, you will be paired with a patrol officer in a marked vehicle and will observe as he or she responds to calls for service. This is one of the best ways to learn if police work is right for you.  

Prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in the program prior to applying, if possible. All police officer candidates must complete a ride along with an officer toward the end of the hiring process. Applicants should speak with their background investigator to schedule a ride along.

Any citizen wishing to participate in the program can obtain information by contacting the Public Information Office at 512-974-5017 or by viewing the information form below. Please follow these instructions after filling out the form. Be sure to plan ahead! We maintain a waiting list and it may take up to 4-6 weeks to schedule your ride. 

Police Observer Information Form