Allen earns police commander stripes
April 24, 2012
A veteran of the Atascadero Police Department, Joe Allen, has been elevated to the rank of commander, Chief Jerel Haley said.
Allen joined the local department in 1995 after a four-year stint in Monrovia as a member of that community’s special enforcement team. He has been a leader in the Atascadero department’s SWAT unit, and developed the “Crime-free Multi-Housing Program” and the bicycle patrol.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2001, and supervised the department’s detective unit.
Haley said Allen’s selection came after a search “inside and outside the department.”
The chief lauded Allen’s career performance, adding, “One of Joe’s greatest strengths is his commitment to the department and the community.”
Allen is married and the father of three children, and has been active in local youth sports.