Del. Landes goes on ride-along with Albemarle police

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Virginia Delegate Steve Landes spent Friday night in a police car, but he wasn't in trouble. He was doing a ride-along with an Albemarle County police officer.

"My goal is to experience first hand what the Albemarle County Police Department is dealing with on a day-to-day basis," Landes said. "Being able to ride along on a shift is probably the easiest way to do that."

Landes has done a few ride-alongs with different police departments in the past. He said sometimes they are very quiet, and other times they could get three or four emergency calls at once.

He liked the idea of doing a ride-along during a Friday night, when things tend to be busier for police.

"I hope that he sees that we have a professional police department," Albemarle Police Chief Ron Lantz said. "We do a lot of work here. We are very busy, and we do it with minimal staffing."

Lantz said, during his time as chief, Landes is the only lawmaker who has asked to go out with an officer. He hopes other lawmakers will follow suit.

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