Citizen Ride-Along Program

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Do you wonder what it's like to be a police officer? Do you want to get a more in-depth look at what is happening in your community? Or are you considering a career in law enforcement?

The Newport News Police Department's Ride-Along Program was designed to give citizens and community members the opportunity to ride with a sworn law enforcement officer while the officer is engaged in regular duties.


Those accepted to take part in a ride-along must agree to adhere to certain criteria for their safety, and that of the officer(s). The criteria is outlined more extensively in the application attachment (PDF). Additionally, those who are interested in taking part in a ride-along must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Have completed the application accurately and fully
  3. Agree to a criminal record check
  4. Select which area of the city (north, central or south) in which they wish to ride, as well as the preferred shift
  5. Applicants are limited to one ride-along in a six month period or two ride-alongs in a calendar year

Application Process

Effective May 12, 2020: The Newport News Police Department, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, has temporarily suspended both the Patrol and Marine Patrol Unit Ride-Along Programs. This is a temporary interruption due to our concern for your safety. We will resume the Ride-Along Program once the immediate danger passes. In the interim, please practice physical distancing, wear your masks, and wash your hands!

Contact Us

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    Michael C. Grinstead

    Assistant Chief of Police
    Phone: 757-928-4308

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