Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is operated by the Community Relations Unit to educate Allen residents about their police department and prepare them to be ambassadors of the Allen Police Department within their community. During the 12-week course, participants learn about topics ranging from criminal law and patrol tactics to use of force. The group may also take field trips to facilities such as the Collin County Detention Center, Allen Police K-9 field and the APD pursuit driving track.

The course is free and is held twice a year. The Fall 2020 Citizens Police Academy class will begin Thursday, September 17. Classes meet 6-9 p.m. at the City of Allen Municipal Service Center (900 South Greenville Avenue). Enrollment is limited to the first 40 applicants. If you have questions about the course, contact Officer Sammy Rippamonti at 214.509.4358 or

After graduating from the Citizen Police Academy, alumni become eligible to train for two additional volunteer groups: Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) and Citizens on Patrol (COPs).


Apply for the Citizens Police Academy