Community Relations

The Community Relations Unit exists to promote a positive relationship between citizens and the Allen Police Department. The unit offers various programs to the public at no cost. Topics include Stranger Danger, Workplace Violence, Neighborhood Watch, Identity Theft, Burglary Prevention, and Check Fraud. The Community Relations Unit also organizes and promotes National Night Out. The unit is part of the Office of the Chief of Police.

Storefront Locations

The Community Relations Unit operates three storefront locations: Watters Creek, The Village at Allen, and Allen Premium Outlets. These locations provide opportunities to interact with citizens outside police headquarters. Storefront locations are usually open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Citizen Volunteer Efforts

The Community Relations Unit oversees several volunteer programs, including the Citizen Police Academy. The academy meets one evening a week for twelve weeks. Participants are introduced to traffic-related laws, DWI stops, crime scene investigations, and SWAT and K9 operations. They also participate in various field trips. Graduates of this academy are eligible for further training in two volunteer groups: Citizens On Patrol (COPs) and Volunteers In Policing (VIPs).

Student Outreach
The Community Relations Unit coordinates Junior Police Academy camps for students entering 7th through 12th grade. These half-day camps are held each summer to teach students the basic functions of a police department.

Crime and Safety Alerts

Members of the Community Relations Unit help inform the public regarding crime alerts and safety tips. Sign up for Citizen Observer/Tip411 to receive public safety alerts via email or text message. You can also find department news on the Allen Police Facebook page.

Media Relations

The Community Relations Unit handles media inquiries for all incidents involving Allen Police. If you are a representative of the media, please follow these instructions to contact our Public Information Officer.