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Posted on: January 31, 2024

Law Enforcement Veteran Steve Dye Sworn in as New Allen Police Chief

Chief Dye speaks during swearing in ceremony

ALLEN, TX - February 2, 2024 – The City of Allen welcomes Steve Dye as its new Chief of Police. Dye was sworn in as the city’s sixth Chief of Police at a ceremony and reception at the Allen Senior Recreation Center on February 1. With more than 35 years of law enforcement experience, Dye takes over from Brian Harvey, who announced his retirement in December 2023. 

“I am excited to lead the outstanding women and men of the Allen Police Department,” said Dye. “My first priority is to get to know my team members in the police department and members of the Allen community. As we move forward, I will honor existing traditions, respect the great work already being done, and will listen and collaborate with all internal and external stakeholders to understand the shared vision and priorities to further improve and innovate APD’s service to the community.”

Dye began his law enforcement career in Houston and worked his way through the ranks in Arlington, Garland, Colleyville and Grand Prairie. Dye served as Chief of Police in Colleyville and Grand Prairie before becoming that city’s City Manager where he recently retired. 

“Candidates with Chief Dye’s experience are rare, and we are very excited to have him join the Allen Police Department,” said Eric Ellwanger, Allen City Manager. “With his decades of experience in law enforcement combined with his knowledge of city management, we know Chief Dye will be an effective leader for our police department.”

Chief Dye’s policing philosophy emphasizes problem solving, focused on quality of life, through Community Policing, effective use of technology, and proactive enforcement programs. His track record of creating initiatives that focus on all aspects of the community—from youth to seniors—has proven to build trust with  the community. Chief Dye will also be a physical fixture in the community outside of the office as he enjoys speaking to local civic organizations, getting to know residents, and working alongside his officers.


“The effectiveness of policing is not only tied to the adherence to best practices in the profession, but also a commitment to a Community Policing philosophy that creates partnerships based on trust, and to solicit community input on policies that meet and exceed community expectations,” said Chief Dye.

“On behalf of the City Council, we are excited for Chief Dye to join the leadership team at City of Allen,” said Allen Mayor Baine Brooks. “We are confident our community will benefit from his experience in creating an inclusive and transparent culture.”

Chief Dye received his undergraduate degree in law enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University. He is bilingual in Spanish and has published several articles on policing. Chief Dye is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions in his career including two Community Policing awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Outside of the department, Chief Dye enjoys family time, running, cycling, and CrossFit.

Pictured: Chief Steve Dye is sworn in on Feb. 1Chief Dye Swearing In

Chief Dye shakes judge's hand at his swearing-in ceremony

Chief Dye speaks during swearing in ceremony

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