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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Citizen Ride-Along Program provides the opportunity for residents of Harris County to ride with an HCSO deputy on patrol and experience firsthand how the HCSO’s Patrol Bureau works. Our program is open to qualified applicants who are at least 21 years of age. Depending on their interest and schedules, applicants can choose to ride during one of three patrol shifts.

Applicants for the Ride-Along Program must complete a written application and meet the minimum standards set by policy. A criminal background check will be completed for all applicants. The application must be submitted at least one week in advance of the desired ride-along date. It is available online or at the HCSO substation you wish to ride out of. The application must be printed and either mailed or dropped off at the HCSO substation you wish to ride from.


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