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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/14/2015 

 PCSO Major to Serve on State-Wide Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission 


On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Governor Rick Scott appointed Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detention Major, 47-year-old Michael Allen to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. 

Major Allen will serve through August 1, 2019.  The mission of the CJST is, “To ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained.”

The Commission is comprised of 19 professionals appointed by the Governor to ensure the oversight of uniform standards for employment and training for law enforcement, correctional, and correctional probation officers.

“I am very proud that Mike has been selected to this important position.  His credentials are impeccable – I’m confident he will bring fresh and principled engagement for the State-Wide Commission.” – Sheriff Grady Judd.

Major Allen is responsible for the operation of the PCSO Department of Detention Support Division that includes the Inmate Intake, Inmate Records, Inmate Programs, Court Process, Food Service, and Court Security.

He was hired in 1994 as a Detention Deputy.  Working his way through the ranks, he was promoted to Major in 2010.

Major Allen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration; and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology Degree.

Major Allen is a Certified Jail Manager, graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program, Session 10; Certified Public Manager; Certified Jail Inspector the Florida Sheriff’s Association; Member of the American Jail Association, is a member of the Florida Society of Certified Public Managers; and is a member of the County Jail Inspection Team.