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The Elgin Police Department strives to foster positive relationships with the community it serves. As part of this initiative, the department permits citizens to ride with officers in police department vehicles, thereby increasing officer awareness of community concerns while also educating citizens as to police functions.

Citizens ages 16 or older are permitted to ride for a maximum of four hours, once a year, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. through 10:30 p.m.

Observer Ride-Along Form
To request a ride-along, citizens must submit a completed observer form to a crime prevention specialist. To complete a form, click on the appropriate link below:

Approval Process

Completed forms undergo a review process, including a criminal history check of the applicant. A crime prevention specialist will contact you to confirm your ride-along date and time. The Elgin Police Department reserves the right to refuse this opportunity to any individual. If you haven't heard from an Elgin PD staff member within five business days, please call us. 

Ride-Along Day
Dress business casual and exercise proper personal hygiene.

If riding over your normal meal time, please bring your lunch or dinner. The officer may not receive a food break, or be able to take you to buy something.

Arrive five minutes prior to your scheduled ride time. Inform the front desk officer that you are reporting for a ride-along. Please have a copy of your completed observer ride-along form with you. Also, you must present a driver’s license or photo identification.

On your ride-along, follow officer’s directions immediately and concisely, and conduct yourself in a professional manner.

If you need to cancel your ride-along, please call 847-289-2700.

For questions regarding the observer ride-along program, please call Community Relations at (847) 289-2530.

Crime Prevention Specialist
Cherie Aschenbrenner
(847) 289-2626

Crime Prevention Specialist
Christy Schmidt
(847) 289-2588

Main Line
(847) 289-2530

Fax the completed form to
(847) 289-2950, or

E-mail the completed form to

151 Douglas Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120

Monday – Friday
Times vary, please call to make an appointmen