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    Ridealong with Las Vegas police?

    Hi everybody,

    I'm a police officer from Germany and will be spending my summer vacation in the US. Among other things I'm going to visit a buddy of mine who lives in Las Vegas.

    When traveling I'm always interested in hooking up with local cops and seeing how police work is like in different countries (did the same when I travelled to the UK last year). So I was wondering if it would be possible for me to go on a ride-along with LVMPD.

    Any LV officer around here who could tell me how this sort of thing works? There have been foreign LE officers going on ride-alongs with my own department and they were asked to put in an application on a department letterhead in advance, provide proper LE credentials and sign a waiver before they got in the car, so I'd imagine it'll probably be a similar procedure in the US.

    I'd be most interested in riding along on a evening/night shift as this is the type of work that I usually do at my department.


    Thanks in advance...

    (Of course I'd bring along a generous load of patches, hats and t-shirts )

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    In order to get a ride along with Metro, you generally need to meet certain criteria, which you do (Officer from other jurisdiction). You can go into any police station and ask to request a ride along. We will have you fill out a form, and forward it to the Lieutenant. If yo, the LT should approve the request. Once it's approved you will get a call from usually the Sergeant of the squad you will ride with to set up a date and time.

    Once you get to the station, you have to sign a liability waiver and our ride along policy. You'll meet the officer and depending on the Sgt and time you show up, you'll get to sit in on briefing, and then go out with an officer for a 10 hour shift.

    Swing shift usually goes from 1500-0100, and grave is usually 2200-0800.

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    Thanks very much... that's really helpful. The procedures are pretty much as I expected. I'll have to submit the request form in advance by email (or snail mail) though because I'm only staying in LV for a few days.

    Is there any police station that you would particularly recommend for a ride along?

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    As a tourist, the most physically convenient station for you would probably be South Central Area Command, which is located just a bit south of Mandalay Bay on the Strip. Their area doesn't include the Strip, though. If you want to ridealong in the tourist area, you'll want Convention Center Area Command. If you want more "action", I'd suggest Enterprise, Bolden, or North East.

    Here's a map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chomp View Post
    As a tourist, the most physically convenient station for you would probably be South Central Area Command, which is located just a bit south of Mandalay Bay on the Strip. Their area doesn't include the Strip, though. If you want to ridealong in the tourist area, you'll want Convention Center Area Command. If you want more "action", I'd suggest Enterprise, Bolden, or North East.

    Here's a map.

    In your vast years of experience with our agency, I'm glad to see you informing people of the "action" at any particular sub station...

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    I was only trying to help. I wasn't trying to put on airs, but I have ridden with most of the stations in town over the last few weeks. I've also talked to a number of cops about how much they enjoy their stations, and why, so that I have some idea of where I want to go once I have the option to transfer. That experience seemed relevant to the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chomp View Post
    I was only trying to help. I wasn't trying to put on airs, but I have ridden with most of the stations in town over the last few weeks. I've also talked to a number of cops about how much they enjoy their stations, and why, so that I have some idea of where I want to go once I have the option to transfer. That experience seemed relevant to the question.

    Good luck in the academy and FTO...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chomp View Post
    I was only trying to help. I wasn't trying to put on airs, but I have ridden with most of the stations in town over the last few weeks. I've also talked to a number of cops about how much they enjoy their stations, and why, so that I have some idea of where I want to go once I have the option to transfer. That experience seemed relevant to the question.
    I don't care where I eventually go when I get through the academy and FTEP, I just want to be an officer... To the thread starter. Each station is a little different flavor than the others, but like an above poster said, SCAC and CCAC are the closest, and of the two, I would recommend SCAC for a ride along. While the Strip is cool, it is a whole lot of already in custody trespassers at the casinos, and the non-Strip area is pretty small compared to some other areas.

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    haha

    where ur going to transfer to should be the last thing on ur mind if u start the academy this june...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hansmoleman011 View Post
    where ur going to transfer to should be the last thing on ur mind if u start the academy this june...
    Ditto lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by hansmoleman011 View Post
    where ur going to transfer to should be the last thing on ur mind if u start the academy this june...
    Absolutely. I don't think there's any harm in planning ahead, though.

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    Honestly, CCAC is the slowest, because it is the smallest. I took over that channel a few days ago and had 10 units at the most. With all that said, I will say this in CAPS so everyone understands, EVERY CHANNEL HAS 'ACTION'. Just because I am on CCAC doesn't mean I won't get a foot pursuit or P0. If you are going on a ride-along for 'action' then you need to stay away. The reason for a ride-along is to provide hands on education regarding the procedures and work life of a police officer. Police work is not full of 'action' (unless you consider a DOA action).

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    If you are going on a ride-along for 'action' then you need to stay away. The reason for a ride-along is to provide hands on education regarding the procedures and work life of a police officer. Police work is not full of 'action' (unless you consider a DOA action).
    I'm not sure if you're referring to me... but you might have noticed that I'm an active police officer myself. And while I'm by no means an old, grizzled veteran I do have a few years under my belt

    When I go somewhere on vacation I'm always interested in going on patrol with local law enforcement because it's an opportunity to learn about the differences and similarities of police work in different jurisdictions and countries and compare the stuff I see with my own department. And yes, I'd prefer to go on a ride-along at a station that has lots of calls. Not because of the "action" but because there are more things to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dispatcher911 View Post
    Honestly, CCAC is the slowest, because it is the smallest. I took over that channel a few days ago and had 10 units at the most. With all that said, I will say this in CAPS so everyone understands, EVERY CHANNEL HAS 'ACTION'. Just because I am on CCAC doesn't mean I won't get a foot pursuit or P0. If you are going on a ride-along for 'action' then you need to stay away. The reason for a ride-along is to provide hands on education regarding the procedures and work life of a police officer. Police work is not full of 'action' (unless you consider a DOA action).
    That is very true. I heard at least 3 different officer involved 416s come over the radio last week in CCAC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chomp View Post
    As a tourist, the most physically convenient station for you would probably be South Central Area Command, which is located just a bit south of Mandalay Bay on the Strip. Their area doesn't include the Strip, though. If you want to ridealong in the tourist area, you'll want Convention Center Area Command. If you want more "action", I'd suggest Enterprise, Bolden, or North East.
    Quote Originally Posted by VegasMetro View Post
    In your vast years of experience with our agency, I'm glad to see you informing people of the "action" at any particular sub station...
    Quote Originally Posted by Chomp's Current Occupation
    Hired, waiting for Academy to start
    Absolutely priceless.



    Quote Originally Posted by VegasMetro View Post
    Good luck in the academy and FTO...
    He will need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northerner View Post
    I'm not sure if you're referring to me... but you might have noticed that I'm an active police officer myself. And while I'm by no means an old, grizzled veteran I do have a few years under my belt

    When I go somewhere on vacation I'm always interested in going on patrol with local law enforcement because it's an opportunity to learn about the differences and similarities of police work in different jurisdictions and countries and compare the stuff I see with my own department. And yes, I'd prefer to go on a ride-along at a station that has lots of calls. Not because of the "action" but because there are more things to see.
    Back on topic and to the original poster, quite honestly I don't have too much time on myself. I will tell you this though, in doing a ride a long at two different stations prior to graduating the academy, working during field training and several months of patrol at another station, working several months of patrol at a third station, and now working patrol a short time where I'm at now (where I anticipate staying for the next few years), you will probably be happy wherever you go.

    Each station has its pros and cons as well as differences in general. This is probably no different from where you work. As a tourist visiting though, the shift will probably go by very quickly for you and I'm sure wherever you go, you'll see plenty. I recently met a guy from London Metro and that was pretty interesting to say the least. He had a nice time while he was here and it was definitely funny to see the differences and believe it not, similarities.

    Hope you have a nice time while your here in Vegas and stay safe (here on vacation and where you work).
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    I recently met a guy from London Metro and that was pretty interesting to say the least. He had a nice time while he was here and it was definitely funny to see the differences and believe it not, similarities.
    Absolutely... it has been my experience that a lot of the day-to-day police work is pretty similar in different countries. Also, I noticed that cops tend to be the same type, even if they speak different languages I guess the job attracts a certain kind of person everywhere.

    Thanks everyone for your input.

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    Hello All,
    I was interested in going on a ride along when I am on vacation in August with the Las Vegas Metro Police as well. I am not a police officer but I am interested in taking the test to be one in Las Vegas, so I would like to see if I would like working there first. So my questions are: Do I have to contact the main phone number on the Vegas Metro website or the command I am interested in doing the ride along with? Also I did an internship with my local police dept so I do have a letter of reference from the officer I did the ride along with, so would that be good to get clearance to do the ride along or would I also need something else?
    Thank you for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happi3205 View Post
    Hello All,
    I was interested in going on a ride along when I am on vacation in August with the Las Vegas Metro Police as well. I am not a police officer but I am interested in taking the test to be one in Las Vegas, so I would like to see if I would like working there first. So my questions are: Do I have to contact the main phone number on the Vegas Metro website or the command I am interested in doing the ride along with? Also I did an internship with my local police dept so I do have a letter of reference from the officer I did the ride along with, so would that be good to get clearance to do the ride along or would I also need something else?
    Thank you for your time.
    Call the main number for the station you would like to ride with. We arent nearly as strict as some other agencies when it comes to allowing ride alongs, the the letter of reference would not help with anything. You may have a tough time getting one though if you are not actuall "in" the testing process, since some stations are picky.

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