About the Program

The Chandler Police Department offers the citizens of Chandler the opportunity to observe with a Police Officer, Dispatcher or Park Ranger.

Police Officer observations entail going out on patrol with the officer for 5 hours and taking calls for service, making citizen contacts and other daily duties. Dispatch observations consist of a tour of the Communications Center,  then sitting with the Dispatcher as calls for service are processed. Park Ranger observations are also available to experience their daily duties.

You must reside, work, or attend school in Chandler to be eligible. Observers are limited to one ride along per year.

How to Apply

The application form (below) must be completed, signed, and turned in to a Chandler Police precinct. Hard copies of the form are also available at each precinct. A precinct map and addresses can be found here [ My Precinct ].

Your signature on the waiver must be witnessed by a notary or Chandler Police personnel. Applications without a signature and witness signature will be rejected.

You will be contacted to schedule your observation after a background check has been completed. Please allow two weeks for processing.


Citizen Observer – Application

Citizen Observer – Instructions

Police Officer Observations – 480-782-4204 (Trish Arneson)

Dispatcher Observations – 480-782-4143 | karen.arriaga@chandleraz.gov

Park Ranger Observation Programs – 480-782-4960 | Blanca.Quezada@chandleraz.gov