History of Allen Police Department

Allen Police Department (APD) was established in 1968 with the hiring of the City's first Chief of Police, Jerry Burton.

Prior to establishing a police department of its own, City of Allen’s law enforcement needs were handled by the Collin County Sheriff’s office.

In 1970, APD's first official headquarters was located in a small brick storefront on the corner of Main Street and Butler Drive. The headquarters included two jail cells and was large enough at the time because there were no radio operators or secretaries on staff.

Pictured: Original City Council minutes noting the Council's first discussion about hiring City police. Click thumbnail to enlarge.

Original City Council Minutes approving newspaper ad for applicants

STAFF AND FACILITY EXPANSION


Jerry Burton served as Chief of Police until 1974 when he was appointed Sheriff of Collin County by the Collin County Commissioner’s Court. Following the departure of Chief Burton, Anthony Hancock became Allen’s second Chief of Police.

After 20 years in Allen, Chief Hancock left his position to join the Collin County Sheriff’s Office. Richard Carroll, an Allen police officer, filled the position and became Allen’s third Chief of Police. Under Chief Carroll’s watch, APD hired its first dispatchers and began construction on its current headquarters at 205 W. McDermott Drive. A second floor was added to the building in 2001 to accommodate the growing department.

In 1997, Chief William Rushing became Allen's fourth Chief of Police. During his 14 years with APD, Chief Rushing helped grow the department from about 40 officers to more than 120.

Chief Brian Harvey was sworn in as Allen's fifth Chief of Police in 2012, and he still serves today. Chief Harvey has over 30 years of police experience in which he served as Deputy Chief for the Dallas Police Department Central Patrol Division.

ALLEN CHIEFS OF POLICE

Jerry W. Burton
1968-1974

Sketch drawing of Chief Jerry Burton

Anthony G. Hancock
1971-1980

Sketch drawing of Chief Anthony Hancock

Richard D. Carroll
1980-1997

Photo of Chief Richard Carroll

William S. Rushing
1997-2012

Photo of Chief William Rushing

Brian E. Harvey
2012-present

Photo of Chief Brian Harvey

Meet Chief Brian harvey

APD Celebrates 50 years: 1968-2018