Lieutenant Allen began her career with the New Bern Police Department in September 1986. Her assignments include working as a criminal investigator with the Investigations Division and as a first line supervisor for the Patrol Division. She also served as supervisor of Community Services.
Lieutenant Allen currently serves as the Assistant Commander for the Criminal Investigations Division. She has received her Advanced Certification from the North Carolina Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and has completed the Management Development Program at the North Carolina Justice Academy.
Lieutenant Allen is a graduate from Craven Community College and was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and attended cultural/ language training in Costa Rica in January 2005.