The Cape Girardeau Police Department encourages community involvement in the law enforcement process and allows interested citizens and students to ride as passenger observers with patrol officers. 

All persons wishing to participate in the Ride Along Program must be at least 18 years of age and must be agreeable to a background investigation into their moral and criminal background. If the applicant is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must show proof of identity and submit the "Application to Ride" form in the presence of the witnessing officer. 

Programs Rules & Guidelines
  • Submitting a request does not guarantee ride along approval. 
  • Persons who have never participated in a ride along shall be given preference over those who have. 
  • Participant shall be limited to one ride along per year. 
  • The date and shift requested by the applicant shall be accommodated when possible within preference guidelines. 
  • Participants must have a valid photo ID or driver's license with them when reporting for their scheduled ride along. 
  • Wear neat, clean, appropriate clothing. Shorts, sweet suits or jogging suits, tank tops, halter tops, or clothing which is torn, soiled or displays offensive language or symbols shall not be allowed. 
  • Participants shall be considered observers only and shall be under the direct supervision of the assigned officer during the ride along. 
  • Participants shall conduct themselves in a civil and courteous manner at all times. 
  • Participants must wear their seat belts at all times while in the patrol car. 
  • Participants must remain in the patrol car unless instructed to exit by an officer. 
  • In the case of a potentially dangerous or hazardous call, participants may be dropped off a safe location. If this occurs, the officer will give the participant specific instructions and arrange for transportation from another officer. Please note that this is for the rider's safety. 
  • Participants must not become involved in any incident the officer is handling. This includes discussions of an incident with victims, witnesses, or suspects. 
  • No tape recordings, cameras, or similar devices are allowed without prior approval from the Chief of Police or his designee. 
  • For security and safety reasons, participants are not allowed to handle or use any of the officer's equipment or the equipment in the patrol vehicle. 
  • All participants in the Ride Along Program must read, agree, and abide by all rules and guidelines and complete the Ride Along Application prior to the ride along. 
  • Failure to comply with any of the above-listed rules and guidelines will result in the immediate termination of the ride along.

Application Procedure 

To request a ride along with an officer, applicants must print out and complete the Ride Along Application and submit the completed application to: 

Cape Girardeau Police Department
ATTN:  Ptlm. Bobby Newton
2530 Maria Louise Lane
Cape Girardeau, MO  63701
FAX:  573-339-6362

Applicants shall apply at least two weeks in advance of the requested ride along date so records checks and scheduling can be accommodated. If you have any questions, please contact Ptlm. Newton at (573) 335-6621, Extension 1393.

  • Contact Info
  • 2530 Maria Louise Lane Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

  • Telephone 573.339.6621
  • Email [email protected]