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Sheriff Cottle announces ‘Ride a long’ program

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

Lincoln County Sheriff John Cottle encourages Lincoln County citizens to accompany his deputies during their tour of duty in their police cruisers. This public education program gives county residents a better understanding of the day-to-day law enforcement operations and the opportunity to work first-hand with the deputies.

The program allows citizens to hear and see exactly how situations are handled and to give them better insight to evaluate the quality of their sheriff’s office personnel. It gives citizens an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.

The Sheriff hopes citizens will gain a better understanding and share their experiences with neighbors and friends.

Citizens are required to sign a waiver and go through a quick background check. Observers can ride four times a year, for a maximum of four hours per ride-along, between the hours of 6 a.m. through midnight.

Participants must be appropriately attired and groomed. Business casual would be a good guideline but jeans are allowed. Approval to ride along may be denied if the participant is not properly dressed or has been drinking. Firearms or other weapons are not permitted.

If you are interested in ride-along you can visit and click the Ride-Along form. The form is filled out online.