Due to the increase in COVID infections, we are suspending our Police Observer (ride-along) Program. Please check here or email APDridealong@austintexas.gov to check for updates.
See the APD Ride Along Policy - APD Policy 324.
We encourage everyone to continue practicing the personal safety recommendations related to COVID-19.
Once the program is reinstated, you can apply here. To apply for a ride-along, please fill out one of the applications Printable or Electronic and follow these instructions for sending the form. When selecting your date to ride, please keep in mind that it takes 3-4 weeks to get a ride along scheduled. Riders may only ride ONCE per calendar quarter.