Ride Along Program

The goal of the Winchester Police Department Ride Along Program is to acquaint citizens with the department while providing quality service to the community.


Policy and Rules

  • The minimum age for the Ride Along Program is 18.
  • The Ride Along Program is offered as a privilege. The Winchester Police Department reserves the right to refuse any application for a ride along and a ride along may be terminated at any time at the discretion of the Officer or the Shift Supervisor.
  • Tape recorders and cameras will not be allowed unless previously approved by the Police Department.
  • You are riding in the capacity of an observer and you are under complete control of the Officer at all times. Every effort is made to ensure your safety; however, the Officer's first responsibility is to carry out his/her assigned duties. The Officer you accompany will discuss his/her duties as time permits.
  • If some emergency should arise, you must without question, comply with any orders or directions given you by the Officer.

Authorization and Waiver Forms

The required completion of the Authorization and Waiver forms provide notice of the rights and liabilities related to participation in our Ride Along Program. Participants assume any and all risks associated with the Officer's performance of official duties as a condition of accompanying any members of the Winchester Police Department in the Ride Along Program.


Authorization and Waiver forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the requested ride-along date. Please mail or hand-deliver the entire Ride Along packet to 231 East Piccadilly St, Suite 310, Winchester, Virginia 22601. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Patrol Division Captain at (540) 662-4131.

  • Ride Along Authorization and Waiver Form DOWNLOAD


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Captain Wally Stotlemyer
231 E.Piccadilly St., Suite 310
Winchester, VA 22601


(540) 545-4730