Ride-A-Longs provide a first-hand experience into the daily duties of our officers. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss a future career in law enforcement, or get to know a member of the force. You'll learn a lot about an officer's job and the Mountain View community!

You MUST complete a ride-a-long application before we can schedule your ride-along. Then either mail or bring your application to:

Mountain View Police Department
c/o Neighborhood and Event Services Unit
1000 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

We schedule ride-a-longs on the followings days and times (subject to change):

Mondays 8 AM and 9:30 PM
Tuesdays 4 PM
Wednesdays 12 PM and 9:30 PM
Thursdays 6:00 PM
Fridays 4:30 PM
Saturdays 8 PM and noon
Sundays 8 AM

Before You Arrive

  • Neat appearance & dress.
  • No cameras or recording equipment.
  • No weapons of any kind.
  • Furnish your own transportation to/from MVPD.
  • If you can't make appointment, call to cancel.

During the Ride-Along

  • Always wear seat belts.
  • Silence cell phones & pagers.
  • Obey officer's instructions.
  • Do not distract officer when s/he is busy.
  • Do not leave car, unless officer gives permission.
  • All info & names overheard are confidential.
  • Do not become involved in incidents.
  • Don't touch equipment, unless officer gives permission.
  • Be sensitive to people in distress.