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The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
How can I get a police ride along?
The St. Joseph Police Department has a ride along program to which it is easy to apply. Contact the Support Services Division 816-271-4881 to obtain an application. Your application will be reviewed and a criminal history run. If you are approved (you must be over 18, and not have a criminal record or warrants), they will schedule a time and date for you to ride-along. Your ride-along will consist of riding with a patrol officer as he/she works a normal shift…answering calls, stopping vehicles, and everything else that makes up a typical tour-of-duty. Riding along with an officer can be an eye-opening experience.Ride Along Application

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1. When should I call 911?
2. How do I make a Police Report?
3. What happens after I file a written report about an incident?
4. Where can I get a copy of a police report taken in St. Joseph, Missouri?
5. I was the victim of a hit and run accident, how do I get follow-up information?
6. I received a ticket, where do I go to pay it?
7. What information should I exchange with the other driver if I am in an accident?
8. If an incident occurred in another city, can I still report it in St. Joseph?
9. Where can I get a restraining order…or an order of protection?
10. Where do I report an animal bite?
11. How can I get a police ride along?
12. How do I get my property returned?
13. How do I make a complaint or compliment an officer?
14. How do I become a St. Joseph Police Officer?
15. How do I get a uniform shoulder patch?
16. Who can I call about phone solicitors to see if they are credible?