The Allen Police Department has again met or exceeded all of the identified Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement which cover aspects of law enforcement operations and has received state-wide recognition from Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation.
In 2009, the Allen Police Department received the Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Accreditation from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation (TPCAF). The voluntary accreditation involved proving compliance with over 160 best practices as determined by the Texas Law Enforcement professinals. Over the last number of years, even though it has remained voluntary, this accreditation process has become the gold standard for law enforcement agencies in Texas.
To renew this accreditation, not only did the APD need to maintain high levels and report annually, there was an onsite visit at the end of the fourth year. The TPCAF then voted to "re-recognize" the Allen Police Department based on the departmental information collected to grant recognized status to the agency.
There are over 2,400 law enforcement agencies in Texas and only 94 have received recognized status.