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Clayton's Police Chief to Lead State Agency

March 28, 2013

It’s with both sadness and pride that the Town of Clayton announces its Top Cop has been called up to a high-ranking position in the State Capitol. After six and a half years leading the Clayton Police Department, Chief Glen B. Allen is retiring in order to be sworn in as the new chief of the North Carolina State Capitol Police. 

“After nearly 32 years in police work, the time has come for me to set off in a new direction,” said Allen, who joined the Clayton Police Department in September of 2006 to oversee a growing department of 43 sworn officers. “I would like to express my appreciation to the Town Manager, Mayor and Town Council for their continued trust and support. Most importantly, I wish to commend the men and women of the Clayton Police Department for their professionalism and dedication to helping our community. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve and protect the citizens of Clayton with these devoted public servants.”

One look into Chief Allen’s accomplishments in Clayton and it’s easy to see why Governor Pat McCrory would ask him to lead this important state law enforcement agency:

  • Allen was an integral part in earning the department advanced international accreditation, making Clayton one of only five municipal agencies in the state with fewer than 50 personnel to achieve this recognition of professional excellence. Since 2009, the department has yearly earned this distinguished re-accreditation.
  • Allen has helped the department maintain a consistently low crime rate and encouraged professional development for officers. 
  • He helped oversee the design and construction of a brand new law enforcement center in downtown Clayton which includes a breath-taking memorial dedicated to three fallen Clayton Police Officers.
  • Allen also initiated programs like an anonymous CrimeStoppers tip-line to help solve crimes, a free prescription drug drop-off box, and began publishing police reports online for the convenience of crime and accident victims.  
  • Allen was the first chief to begin producing an annual report for the Police Department to help the community better understand the work of their local law enforcement.

“Clayton continues to be a vital and growing municipality,” said Allen.   “This is a great place to live and work, and I plan to remain here as I enter the next chapter of my life. The opportunity to serve Clayton over these recent years has been the best professional experience of my career.”

Chief Allen’s last day of employment will be April 30, 2013. The Town of Clayton will take the next few weeks to prepare for the transition, designate an interim leader, and begin the search for a permanent replacement. Chief Allen says he feels confident his staff is well-prepared to handle the transition in command at the Police Department and that Clayton’s quality service delivery should not be interrupted as the next Chief of Police settles into the position.

Glen Allen is a veteran police officer and administrator, having served in a wide variety of supervisory, administrative and command assignments in his three decades of police work.   Glen Allen was born and grew up in Vance County, North Carolina. After completing high school, he attended Appalachian State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation in 1981, he joined the Police Department in Wilson, NC. Over the next sixteen years, he served in various assignments including working as a patrol officer, training officer, field crime scene technician, shift supervisor, internal affairs investigator, Patrol commander and Professional Standards Division commander. In 1997, he was appointed Chief of Police in Henderson, NC. During his tenure, the department achieved international accreditation, and the combined violent / property crime rate declined by 23.7 percent through the end of 2005. 

In 1988, Allen received the Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the State of North Carolina.  In 1995, he completed the Administrative Officer’s Management Program at North Carolina State University and he completed the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development program in 1998. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University. He is active in state and national police organizations and is a past President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police.

As the new State Capitol Police Chief, Allen will be in charge of a staff of more than 60 people. The primary mission of the North Carolina State Capitol Police is to provide a safe and secure environment for public officials, state employees and visitors within the North Carolina State Government Complex in downtown Raleigh. The agency has been without a permanent chief since last summer, following the death of Chief Scott Hunter.