Allen Police Department offers two volunteer programs for those who complete the Citizens Police Academy.
Volunteers in Policing
Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) complete additional training in radio procedures, patrol techniques, and observation of possible criminal activity. They may volunteer 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 doing clerical work for the Criminal Investigations Division.
For more information on becoming a VIP, call the Community Relations Unit at 214.509.4359.
Citizens on Patrol
Citizens on Patrol are volunteers who patrol areas of the city during peak times of criminal activity. They provide an extra set of eyes for the Allen Police Department.
Citizens on Patrol must graduate from the Citizen 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
Through their volunteer efforts, COPs log over 6,000 miles each year.