Trooper Kevin Allen
Louisiana State Police Department
Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has announced the selection of Trooper Kevin Allen, of the Louisiana State Police, as its Officer of the Month for July 2000. Trooper Allen is currently assigned to Troop L in Manderville, Louisiana.
When named Safety Director for a major auto insurance company in Louisiana, Renee Bozeman was challenged to develop ways to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by automobile crashes. This was a daunting task as it is often said that Americans are involved in “a love affair with the automobile.” Keenly aware of the personal and financial devastation caused by the crashes on our nation’s highways, she felt that drivers needed to change their attitudes about driving; that they had to learn how to protect themselves once behind the wheel. She knew too that she would need an ally in this battle and she found one in Louisiana State Trooper Kevin Allen. “Trooper Allen is pure dedication,” says Ms. Bozeman. “He believes the only way to change one’s outlook is by prevention through education. He’s been involved in every conceivable safety effort.”
Committed to public service at an early age, Trooper Allen joined the Louisiana National Guard immediately after graduating from high school. In 1984 he joined the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and served in both a reserve and full-time capacity. Having already received a degree from Pearl River Junior College, he enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University in pursuit of a degree in law enforcement. In 1989 he transferred to the University’s Police Department where he worked until he completed an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1990 he took a position with the Louisiana National Guard Counter Drug Program and was assigned to work with the Washington Parish Drug Task Force. In 1992 he joined the Louisiana State Police and was assigned to the traffic division at Troop L, as the field training officer. Since 1996, Trooper Allen has served as the Public Information Officer for Troop L.
As a child passenger safety advocate and technician, much of Trooper Allen’s duties include pubic education in the field of traffic safety. He is very involved with the Louisiana Safe Kids Coalition, which promotes Child Safety Seat Awareness and the inspection and certification of children’s car seats. He has completed the Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor course at Northwestern University’s Traffic Institute and is completing his certification to teach Child Safety Seat Technician courses. Trooper Allen developed, and now teaches a DWI prevention program, known as Booze-N-Cruise: You Lose, which is routinely taught to all high school students in southeast Louisiana.
Recently he developed a program, in cooperation with the Charity Hospital Trauma Center, called Alcohol Awareness. Because many must first see to believe, this program brings teenagers into a trauma center to witness first hand the consequences many experience when driving while impaired. He is the Chairman of the Southeast Louisiana DWI Task Force and speaks regularly about Operation Lifesaver, a program that focuses on rail grade crossing safety.
Married with two children, Trooper Allen is actively involved in community affairs. He coaches basketball, soccer and baseball, and is involved with the Folsom Athletic Association. He is a First Sergeant with the Louisiana National Guard and is currently enrolled in its Sergeants Major Academy. He has received numerous commendations and letters of appreciation for his work with the Louisiana State Police and the National Guard and for his tireless community service.
Colonel W. R. “Rut” Whittington, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police says of his outstanding and dedicated trooper, “Trooper Allen is an outstanding example of modern law enforcement. His dedication to duty goes beyond the norm and extends to every level of society. He clearly touches those who are most vulnerable to peer pressure. The Louisiana State Police is proud to have Trooper Allen in its ranks. He is very deserving of the NLEOMF award.”
The Police Unity Tour is the official sponsor of the Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Program.