The next Citizens Police Academy will begin on Thursday, Sep. 8. 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 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. The course is free and is held twice a year.
After graduating from the Citizen Police Academy, alumni become eligible to train for 2 additional volunteer groups: Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) and Citizens on Patrol (COPs).
Classes meet Thursday evenings, 6-9 p.m., at the Allen Police Training Facility (802 South Greenville Avenue). Enrollment is limited to the first 30 applicants. If you have questions about the course, contact Officer Sammy Rippamonti at 214.509.4358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.