Ride-along is defined as being an
official passenger in a motor vehicle of a
Charleston County Sheriff’s deputy while performing
law enforcement activities. The main purpose of a
ride-along with a deputy sheriff is to offer the
community a personal account of the day-to-day
operations of the patrol deputy and their
relationship with the citizens. The goal of the
Ride-Along program is for the community to have a
better understanding of the risks and rewards of
being a law enforcement officer in Charleston
Participants must be at least
fourteen (14) years of age. Participants under
eighteen (18) years of age must have the
Ride-Along Waiver signed by a parent or legal
A Ride-Along Waiver must be
filled out completely by the participant and a
records check will be conducted by the Records
Section prior to approval.
The Patrol Captain or designee will
approve/disapprove all Ride-Along Waivers.
After complying with all of the
requirements for participation, the applicant will
be given a reporting date, time and location for the
Complete the Ride-Along Waiver
along with required signatures and return it to the
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals must
authorize the Sheriff’s Office to conduct a
background investigation to determine qualification.
All information is confidential as required by South
Carolina and Federal laws.
Once downloaded and signed, this form may be faxed
to Records Department at 843-554-2447 or scanned and
Records@charlestoncounty.org You may mail the
original form to the Charleston County Sheriff’s
Office attention Records at the address provided on
Participants must agree to and abide
by the following rules of conduct:
The participant will remain in the
vehicle when responding to calls for service.
Tape recorders and cameras may only
be utilized with permission of the participating
deputy sheriff and Patrol Captain.
The participating deputy sheriff may
terminate the ride-along if the participate hampers,
interferes or otherwise hinders the deputy sheriff
in the performance of their duties.
Participants will not be assigned for
more than twelve (12) hours in a three week period
unless the Patrol Captain provides permission for
individuals involved in approved programs.
Participant’s attire must be
conservative, neat and clean. The clothing shall not
display any type of logo that would suggest that
they are a law enforcement officer.
No alcoholic beverages are to be
consumed before or during the ride-along period.
The participant should be in good
health. Persons with severe colds and illnesses will
not be permitted to participate.
Seatbelts must be worn while the
patrol vehicle is in motion.
Any information overheard regarding a
criminal investigation is considered confidential
and the observer shall not divulge that information
For additional information contact the Patrol Division Administrative Assistant between 8am – 4pm M-F at 843-762-2007
Download a Ride-Along Waiver by clicking