In an effort to foster a positive relationship with the community and to help citizens better understand what our officers do on a daily basis, the Allentown Police Department has a ride along program that puts citizens in police cars out on patrol with officers. Citizens can get a first-hand look at the challenges officers face each day and hopefully come away with a better understanding of the services we provide. As a professional law enforcement organization, we constantly strive to improve the level of service to our community. To that end, it is necessary to establish and maintain certain rules that govern the conduct and activities of citizens who ride with our officers to ensure the integrity of our Department is protected.
Ride along participants only act as observers. They do not perform any law enforcement work that the officer would normally do. They do not wear a uniform or badge, operate a patrol car, handle department equipment or weapons or complete any official paperwork. To apply for a ride along, print-out and complete the following three forms: Ride Along Instructions Ride Along Application Ride Along Release of Claims Waiver
Once complete, submit all paperwork with VALID GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID to Patrol Supervisor at 425 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA, 18101. A local and NCIC background check will be completed on all applicants.
Questions can be directed to Sally Yandrasits in our Patrol Captain’s Office, 610-437-7713.
City of Allentown - 435 Hamilton Street - 610-439-5999