<p>The Citizen Observer (Ride-Along) Program follows established guidelines for the protection of the observer. Deviation from these guidelines without the expressed consent of the host deputy sheriff is cause for immediate termination of the ride-along.
<p><strong>RULES OF CONDUCT:
<li>All information and observations acquired by the citizen observer during the ride-along shall be considered strictly confidential unless otherwise stated by the host deputy sheriff.</li>
<li>The citizen observer must realize that any action he/she witnesses during the ride-along may require a court appearance at a later date.</li>
<li>Under no circumstances shall a citizen observer:
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      <li>Be permitted to carry any weapon unless authorized and approved by the shift supervisor.</li>
      <li>Operate the patrol vehicle or any other equipment.</li>
      <li>Act as an agent for the Sheriff’s Office or otherwise perform any Sheriff’s Office related duty.</li>
      <li>Approach any vehicle on a traffic stop or approach any residence, building, or other situation where the potential for violence exists, or a crime in progress.</li>
      <li>Enter any crime scene of a serious nature (such as a homicide) and/or touch, possess, tamper with, or otherwise have contact with any evidence.</li>

<p><strong>SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: </strong></p>
<p> The physical safety of the citizen observer is of the utmost importance, therefore, host deputy sheriff shall weigh situations for potential hazards when responding to calls.  </p>
<p>In cases of possible extreme danger (i.e. person with a gun) the citizen observer may be let out of the patrol vehicle at a safe distance from the area unless qualified to assist. In situations with a potential for violence (fights, family disturbances etc.), the citizen observer shall remain in the patrol vehicle unless qualified to assist. </p>

<p><strong>Please select a ride-along application form to download:</strong></p>
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      <td><p><a href="/downloads/Ride-Along-App.doc">MS Word electronic fillable form</a></p>
      <td><p><a href="/downloads/Ride-Along-App.pdf">Adobe PDF form</a></p>
  <p>Please email completed forms to:<br>
          <a href="mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. </a>
        <p>Or, mail completed forms to:<br>
        Klamath County Sheriff<br>
        3300 Vandenberg Road<br>
Klamath Falls, OR 97603</p>
  <h3>Coming soon - convenient online forms!</h3>

  • Klamath County Sheriff

    Chris Kaber

    3300 Vandenberg Road  -  Klamath Falls, OR 97603
    541-883-5130 Monday-Friday
    Public Hours: 9am to Noon and 1pm - 5pm
    Closed Weekends and County Holidays