The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is presented twice a year by the police department's Community Relations Unit in an effort to educate the community about their police department. The course is free, and all participants must live or work in Allen and be at least eighteen years of age.
During the twelve week course, participants are instructed on topics ranging from criminal law and patrol tactics to effective surveillance techniques. The group may also take field trips to facilities such as the Collin County Detention Center, Collin County Medical Examiner's Office and the police shooting range.
After graduating from the Citizens Police Academy, alumni become eligible to train for two additional volunteer groups: Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) and Citizens on Patrol (COPs). Members of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association actively support and assist the police department.