Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Ride-Along Program is only available to candidates who are currently in our background screening process for the positions of law enforcement deputy sheriff and law enforcement deputy sheriff recruit. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office encourages community involvement in the law enforcement process and allows approved citizens, student interns, and law enforcement Explorer Scouts to ride as passenger observers in Sheriff’s Office vehicles for legitimate civic or educational reasons. The following persons are eligible to participate in a Patrol Ride-Along: Members of educational programs such as the Sheriff's Citizens Academy, Leadership Pinellas or Neighborhood Watch. College or university law enforcement students engaged in research or fulfilling project or program requirements. Law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions. Persons who have completed the screening process for the position of Deputy Sheriff with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Students currently enrolled in the Southeastern Public Safety Institute's (SEPSI) police academy program. Members of the print and electronic media with prior approval from the Public Relations Bureau. If you meet the criteria listed above and desire to participate in the ride-along program, please contact: Lieutenant Michael Smalley: 727-582-6902. Please click HERE to complete the Patrol Ride-Along Program Application.