Major Robert L. Allen is a career law enforcement practitioner with over 34 years of professional experience, he has served in a variety of positions giving him significant professional balance between road patrol, tactical operations, emergency response, criminal investigation, and most recently executive staff experience.
He currently commands the Homeland Security Bureau for one of the largest sheriff's offices in the United States, located in Palm Beach County, with almost 4000 employees and several thousand volunteers, which serve a population of 1.35 million residents. He oversees up to 350 personnel during full deployment in such areas as Airport Operations, Crime Analysis, the Palm Beach Regional Fusion Center, the Emergency Operations Division, and the Special Operations Division that encompasses Aviation, Canine Enforcement, Emergency Field Force, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Marine Enforcement, Strategic Intelligence, and Special Weapons and Tactics, also known as SWAT. In addition to these law enforcement and intelligence operations, Major Allen directly oversees personnel assigned to specific counterterrorism initiatives in this county that engage citizens, the Sheriff's Business Partners Against Terrorism Program known as B-PAT and the Community Partners Against Terrorism Program known as C-PAT. Both of these initiatives have been cited as models for best practices by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.