Ride-Along Program


GVPD Patrol Car

Do you dream of becoming a police officer or working in law enforcement, but aren’t sure exactly what it’s like?

The Police Ride-Along program allows currently registered students whose emphasis is Criminal Justice to accompany a police officer in a police vehicle during their tour of duty.

This educational opportunity is perfect for students interested in this field of work but aren’t entirely sure what to expect. It is a wonderful learning opportunity for anyone interested in better understanding police operations at the university.


If you are interested in a ride-along, use the application and instruction sheet below.


Ride along at night view from back of vehicle

Step 1: Fill out the ride-along waiver and application

Step 2: Bring the completed forms to the Grand Valley State Police Department and contact Sergeant Leah Heaton. 

Note: Completing this form does not guarantee that your ride-along request will be approved.

Step 3: We will review your application details and reach out to you to schedule a ride-along.


For more information contact:

     Sergeant Leah Heaton
     heatonl@gvsu.edu

  • Main - (616) 331-3266
  • Office - (616) 331-2687

Ride-Along FAQ

We cannot guarantee it but we always do our best to accommodate your desired shift, date, time, and officer.

Observers are allowed to participate in up to two rides per year. Please note that each time an observer participates, they must complete an application and waiver liability form.

We recommend that you wear something professional but comfortable. Similar to what one may wear to an interview or other professional networking event.

Inappropriate clothing including but not limited to: tank tops, shorts, concert shirts, or shirts with crude language or images are not permitted.

No, observers are not allowed to possess any electronic devices (recorder, camera, cell phone, etc.) while on a ride along.

Not a problem, we just ask that you give us a call! Notify the Dispatch Center at least twenty-four hours prior to your designated shift if possible. 

Dispatch Center: (616) 331-3255




Page last modified December 14, 2018