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Evansville Police Department to Reevaluate its Ride-Along Program

Many police departments in Indiana and other states have “ride-along” programs that allow non-law enforcement individuals to ride along with police officers in their vehicles while they are on routine patrol. These programs are used by law enforcement as a tool to teach civilians about a police officer’s day-to-day duties, and help the community gain a better understanding of how law enforcement functions in a hands-on manner.

However, the Evansville Police Department announced recently that it may change their ride-along program after an EPD officer’s son was accused of assault during a department sanctioned ride-along. http://www.courierpress.com/news/local-news/police-review-ridealong-policies-after-alleged-assault_85536157 (last visited July 26, 2015). Chief Billy Bolin noted that many family members who are considering becoming police officers are doing ride-along’s, but his department is now reevaluating how the program is run. The Chief noted that the program is designed to be observational, not participatory. Regardless of how the program is implemented, if a ride-along program is used by a department, the department should be required to advise defendants charged with crimes that there could be an additional witness to crime or crimes that may be charged by the State.

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