About Allen Police

The Allen Police Department (APD) is dedicated to providing outstanding services to Allen citizens by responding proactively to crime trends through enforcement efforts, public education and crime prevention techniques.

Department structure

APD includes four divisions which oversee each of the department's critical functions.

  • Criminal Investigations: This division handles criminal investigations, including property crimes, narcotics and crimes against persons.
  • Patrol Services: This division provides safety and security to the citizens of Allen by patrolling the city's twelve districts and planning targeted patrols in areas of citizen concern. This division also includes K-9 and SWAT units.
  • Support Services: This division runs many of the "behind-the-scenes" aspects of the Allen Police Department, including communications/dispatch, vehicle service, animal control, school resource officers, records, training and the jail. This division also manages property and evidence.
  • Professional Standards: This division, which includes the Internal Affairs Unit, upholds the high standards of APD by ensuring its members adhere to all department requirements.
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Community Relations

The Community Relations Unit promotes a positive relationship with citizens through free programs and training, volunteer opportunities and special events such as National Night Out.

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Criminal Investigations

Allen is considered one of the safest cities in Texas thanks to the work of the Criminal Investigations Unit. This team of investigators, analysts and criminalists ensure thorough handling of each case. A crime victim advocate helps support victims through each step of the process.

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Allen patrol officers embrace the philosophies of community policing. Officers are encouraged to conduct directed patrols and "park and walks" so they can meet directly with citizens and hear their concerns.

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School Resource Officers

Our team of school resources officers (SROs) and sergeants partner with Allen ISD to provide a safe and secure educational environment for the district's 21,000+ students. SROs also host Junior Police Academy classes to expose students to law enforcement.


K-9 Unit

The K-9 unit supports APD's patrol division with specially-trained K-9 police dogs. A K-9 training center offers continual training opportunities for Allen and surrounding communities.



APD's Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) is prepared to handle unusual or extreme service calls, including hostage situations and active shooters.

Best Practice Agency

APD was an early adopter of the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program through the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation. To become a Best Practice Agency, departments must comply with 166 best practice standards covering 12 critical areas of operation, including: use of force; search, seizure and arrest; care, custody and restraint of prisoners; and selection and hiring of officers, among others. APD achieved recognition as a Best Practice Agency in 2007 and has maintained this status each year to date.


APD was established in 1968 with the hiring of the City of Allen's first Chief of Police, Jerry Burton. Its first official headquarters was located in a small brick storefront on the corner of Main Street and Butler Drive. In 1989, Allen Police moved to its current headquarters located at 205 W. McDermott Drive. A second floor was added in 2001 to accommodate the growing department.