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Chief Allen is the director of Ferris State University's Department of Public Safety. 

Allen served 25 years with the Melvindale Police Department before transferring to Ferris State University. During his time with the MPD, Allen served as a Field Training Officer, Canine Officer, Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Detective Lieutenant, and the Chief of Police as well as being certified in Firefighting.

A.A. Criminal Justice, Schoolcraft College
B.S. Public Administration, Siena Heights University
Masters of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Eastern University
Two Leadership Schools - Eastern University Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy.

Employed at Ferris since:
March 2021

Contact Information:
Department of Public Safety
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2128
(231) 591-5904 (office)
(231) 796-0169 (fax)

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