We had two kinds of ride-alongs. The first kind was because they were taking a CJ class and were forced to as part of it. I HATED those. They were only there because they had to be and had no real interest in doing anything. The other kind is the one where the person WANTS to be there and is interested in our job. I loved doing those. I always tried to do some traffic stops, maybe a trip to jail, a report, responding to whatever I could to give them a broad view of the job. I didn't mind asking any of the questions either. I'd suggest checking the website of your county sheriff, then calling them if they don't have anything about ride-alongs.