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Allen Citizens Police Academy Strengthens Community Relationships

Allen Citizens Police Academy is a free 10-week course offered to residents of Allen twice a year. The course, led by the Allen Police Relations Unit, is designed to foster strong relationships between the Allen Police Department and the community. When Crystella McIvor first signed up, she expected to spend her evenings sitting in a classroom listening to lectures, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that the course is hands-on, interactive, and engaging. 

Throughout the course, Crystella and her classmates learned more about their rights as citizens, law enforcement, and the intense and extensive training required of the officers who serve our community. As Crystella puts it, “Everything our law enforcement officers do is in accordance with and predicated on local, state, and national laws. They uphold our laws with honor and dignity!”

Saad Hamid, another recent graduate, said of the course, "It is a great example of the department's commitment to transparency, accountability, and community engagement, and it is a testament to their dedication to serving and protecting the citizens of Allen."

Participants learn about Allen’s SWAT Team, K-9 Unit, CPR, and more. They also have the opportunity to ride along with on-duty officers responding to 911 calls.

Crystella notes, “There was so much that I and the other attendees didn’t know. The instructors and officers were highly trained and welcomed our questions patiently and respectfully.” 

Interested in joining the next class? It begins in March. Visit for more information!

  • Graduates of Allen Citizens Police Academy with a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle