Ride Along Request

Ride Alongs with our Patrol Division are available to the public as an opportunity for citizens to observe the day-to-day duties of patrol officers. Riders will accompany a West Lake Hills Police Officer in a departmental vehicle while the officer engages in the performance of their duties and responds to calls for service.

A rider must be at least 18 years of age and pass a criminal history and warrant check prior to the Ride Along. A person with a felony or Class A Misdemeanor conviction are not permitted to ride. An individual with a Class B or C Misdemeanor conviction may be rejected at the discretion of a supervisor.

Participants in the Ride Along Program are required to dress appropriately. Any person approved to ride along is required to be suitably dressed in a collared shirt, blouse or jacket, jeans or slacks and closed toe shoes. Sandals, tank tops, skirts, shorts and ripped or torn blue jeans are not permitted. A supervisor may refuse a ride along to anyone not properly dressed.

Please submit your request by filling out the form below. Once your form has been approved, a supervisor will contact you to schedule the Ride Along. 

Police Ride Along Request Form

  1. Please check the following that apply to you
  2. Time Request*
  3. Specific Officer Requested

    I, the undersigned, a private person, for and in consideration of the privilege of riding as a guest and voluntary observer in a police patrol vehicle of the City of West Lake Hills, do hereby authorize a review and full disclosure of all records concerning myself to any duly authorized agent of the West Lake Hills Police Department, whether the said records are public, private, or confidential in nature. I recognize that routine police activity involves certain inherent dangers. I hereby agree, binding my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to forfeit, release and agree not to hold liable, the city of West Lake Hills, its officers, agents and employees from any and all action, claims, demands, costs or damages arising from or resulting from property damage, personal injuries or death sustained by me or my property while participating as a ride along police observer.

    This includes, but is not limited to, motor vehicle accidents on either public streets or private property, any personal injury or property damage resulting from the acts of a third person, or any personal injury or property damage arising from the acts of the City of West Lake Hills, its Police Department, agents, and employees, in both their public and private capacities, from any and all liability, claims, suits, demands or causes of action for both personal injury or property damages, including any wrongful death claims pursuant to the TEX. CIV.PRAC. & REM.CODE ANN. Ch 71 et. seq. (Vernon 1986), the survival cause of action pursuant to Tex. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. Sec 71.021 (Vernon 1986), that may arise from riding as a voluntary observer on a routine police patrol, or any personal injury or property claims resulting from the negligent acts of the City of West Lake Hills, the West Lake Hills Police Department, its agents and employees.

    It is further agreed that the executions of this release shall not constitute a waiver by the City of West Lake Hills, of the defense of governmental immunity, where applicable, or to defenses predicated on the Texas Automobile Guest Statute, TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. Ch. 72 (Vernon 1986), or any other defense recognized by the Courts of this State. I further agree, binding my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to indemnify, hold and save harmless the City of West Lake Hills, its officers, agents, and employees from any liability, action claim, damage, award or judgement incurred or suffered by the above City or individuals as a result of any act or omission by me or caused in whole or in part by me while participating as a ride along police observer whether or not also caused in part by a person indemnified hereunder. In addition, I make the following representations and acknowledgements upon which I intend the City to rely:

    1. I understand and agree that while accompanying any police officer during his/her law enforcement rounds, I am to be only an unarmed, lay observer and bystander with no active role whatsoever and that I will not have, nor will I be given any duties, rights, powers or authority whatsoever other than those conferred by law upon any other person in like or similar circumstances as may arise from time to time.

    2. I understand a warrant and criminal history check are done on all requestors prior to approval being given.

    3. I understand that I will be required to dress neatly and conservatively – shirts must have a collar and long pants are required. No shorts are allowed, close toed shoes are required – no sandals or flip flops. Clothing with offensive wording, political affiliations, or clothing not meeting the above standards will result in rider being sent home and ride-along cancelled.

    4. I realize and agree that while participating as a ride along police observer, I will not be an agent, servant, or employee of the City of West Lake Hills and therefore will not be covered by the city for any workman's compensation, death or disability benefits.

    5. I realize that as an inherent part of riding along as a police observer, I will at unpredictable times be placed in both foreseeable and unforeseeable positions of considerable danger and agree that neither the city nor any of its officers or employees shall be obligated to take any steps or action to protect my person or provide a means of withdrawal or retreat for me, and release them of any duty to do so.

    6. I agree that any information I may gain, through participation as a ride along police observer, will be used by me only for my personal education, except where I am summoned as a witness in any court or administrative proceeding, and I will not publish or release any information gained while participating as a ride along police observer without expressed written permission from the Chief of Police.

    7. I understand and agree that I will not be allowed to take any photographs, video, or audio recordings using any device whatsoever at any time during the ride along.

    8. I understand that my participation as a ride along police observer is a privilege subject to revocation at any time by the City of West Lake Hills. 

    By signing this release, I am representing to the West Lake Hills Police Department and the City of West Lake Hills, its agents and employees, that I am of sound mind and that I have read this waiver and understand fully the terms expressed herein and voluntarily agree to said terms.


    First: ____________________________ MI: ______ Last: ____________________________

    Date of Birth: _____________________________ DL#: _____________________________

    Address (City/State/Zip): _____________________________________________________________________________

    Signature: _________________________________________ Date: ______________________

    Subscribed and sworn to before me, by the said _______________________________________________________________________

    This ____________ day of ____________________, 20 ____________ to certify which witness my hand and seal of office.


    Notary Public in and for ________________________ County, Texas

    My Commission expires: _______________________________________


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