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Biography of: Chief Michael Allen 

Department of Detention 

Responsible for the operation of the Department of Detention that includes the operation of two detention facilities, the Central Booking facility, county and statewide inmate transportation, courtroom security, Court Process, and several Polk County inmate work programs outside the facilities.  The Department of Detention incorporates approximately 516 employees, approximately 2,300 inmates, and a $48.5 million budget.


  • 2002-         Troy State University, Master of Public Administration, Summa Cum Laude
  • 1992/93-    University of Florida- Enrolled Doctoral Program in Psychology
  • 1992-         University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude
  • 1992-         Polk Community College, Associate of Arts degree, Psychology
  • 1986-         Graduate of Bartow Senior High School.

   Professional Experience:

  • 1994 – Employed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a certified Detention Deputy
  • 1998 – Detention Deputy Inspector, Professional Standards Unit
  • 1999 – Promoted to Detention Sergeant
  • 2002 – Promoted to Detention Lieutenant
  • 2006 – Promoted to Detention Captain
  • 2010 – Promoted to Detention Major, Commander, Security Division (Support Division 2015)
  • 2016 -- Promoted to Department of Detention Chief


Professional Certifications, Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Certified Jail Manager
  • Graduate- Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program, Session 10
  • Certified Public Manager
  • Certified Jail Inspector Florida Sheriff’s Association
  • Member American Jail Association
  • Florida Society of Certified Public Managers
  • Florida Sheriff's Association County Jail Inspection Team
  • Graduate National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence Program
  • Graduate Police Executive Research Forum- Senior Management Institute for Police
  • FDLE Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Board Member

Community/Civic Affiliations

  • Bartow Kiwanis

  • Past President/Board Member- Bartow Kiwanis