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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 11/19/2015 

 PCSO Detention Major Graduates from Prestigious Criminal Justice Executive Institute Program  


On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute announced the graduation of Polk County Sheriff’s Office Major Mike Allen from the Chief Executive Seminar in Tallahassee.  Major Allen was among 17 law enforcement and detention professionals representing criminal justice agencies around the state who serve in a leadership role within their agency.  Participants met for one week a month for three months, taking classes on topics such as future trends, managing generations, risk management, succession planning and implementing strategic change.

“The PCSO prides itself on having the best of the best meeting the needs of our community and surpassing the professional demands of our industry.  Mike is a great example of this philosophy and I couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishment earning this prestigious honor.” – 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 Section, and Court Security. He was hired in 1994 as a Detention Deputy and worked 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 for the Florida Sheriff’s Association; Member American Jail Association, is a member of the Florida Society of Certified Public Managers; and is a member of the County Jail Inspection Team.

The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, established within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and affiliated with the state university system, was established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature in recognition of the need for an innovative and multifaceted approach to the education and training of criminal justice professionals. 

The goal of the Chief Executive Seminar is to prepare Florida’s criminal justice leadership for the changing demands of the future. Class participants study trends and events that may affect criminal justice professionals and Florida, while developing new leadership skills to address the challenges that lie ahead.