Gearing up and going on patrol with CSPD

On a ride along, you get to see firsthand the variety of calls for help CSPD sees on an average day. FOX21 - Mike Duran

What’s it like to serve and protect in Colorado Springs?

Following our story about Colorado Springs Police officers’ alleged ticket quota, some officers within the CSPD suggested we ride with them during one of their shifts to see how busy they are with calls for service.

So, we decided to take them up on the offer and get a first hand look at the variety of issues officers in our city tackle on an average day.

Riding shotgun with a patrol officer sounds exciting enough, but we were stationed with the Sand Creek division, which sees the highest number of priority calls, during their evening shift that’s often the busiest in the city.

Click the video above to ride along with Office Mike Ray.

If you’d like to take part in CSPD’s Ride-A-Long program, you can find out more and obtain the paperwork here. 

If your request is approved, the Police Department will run a background check before setting you up to on patrol for four hours.

Every shift, every day brings different calls and different consequences, so you never know what you’ll get to see.

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