I submitted a request to do a Ride Along with my local PD. Please let me share my favorite bits from the waiver I had to sign (emphasis mine).
"...in any way related to or connected with my participation in this activity, including specifically, but not limited to, the negligent acts or omissions of the [City] Police Department, its agents or employees..."
So no matter how badly they fuck up I happily release them of any responsibility.
"If a dangerous situation arises, i.e., gunfire, fights, fire, etc., do not attempt to assist the officer. Instead, get away quickly, and call the Police Department and explain what happened."
Well, poo! There go my visions of grandeur!
If my request is accepted I'll be sure to report back on all the fun that is riding around in a patrol car.