Allen Police Department offers two volunteer programs for those who complete the Citizens Police Academy. For more information on these groups, call APD Community Relations at 214.509.4359.
Volunteers in Policing (VIPs)
Volunteers in Policing may assist with daily tasks at police headquarters such as staffing the front desk, helping with vehicle maintenance tasks, assisting the Internal Affairs and Record Units, and performing clerical work for the Criminal Investigations Division.
Citizens on Patrol (COPs)
Citizens on Patrol provide an extra set of eyes for the Allen Police Department. These volunteers patrol areas of the city during peak times of criminal activity. Through their volunteer efforts, COPs log over 6,000 miles each year!
Citizens on Patrol must graduate from the Citizens Police Academy and complete additional training in:
- Proper radio procedures
- Proper and safe operation of a marked department vehicle
- Gaining a working knowledge of directions and locations within the city
- Learning how to be an alert and effective observer and how to accurately report what is observed