Lieutenant Amy Allen
Coral Springs Police Officer – 16 Years
Bachelor’s Degree, International Affairs, Florida State University
Master’s Degree, Criminology, Florida State University
Prior Experience – Law Enforcement Sergeant, Belle Glade Police Department
Experience with CSPD – Road Patrol, General Investigations, Special Investigations, Vice Intelligence and Narcotics, SWAT Hostage Negotiator
Why did you pursue a career in Law Enforcement?
I pursued a career in law enforcement because I wanted a job that was intellectually and physically challenging that allowed me to help people in the process.
Why did you choose to work for the Coral Springs Police Department?
A friend suggested I apply to the Coral Springs Police Department. At the time, I was working as a police officer in an economically disadvantaged community in a blighted area of western Palm Beach County. When I pulled into Coral Springs for the first time and saw how beautiful they city was and how nice the people were, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I’ve been a Coral Springs resident ever since.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is teaching and mentoring newer officers. Watching the excitement on a young officer’s face when he or she experiences something for the first time is priceless. Working with new officers helps me maintain a high level of enthusiasm for the job.
What do you like to do outside of work to alleviate the stress encountered on the job?
I think exercise is a critical component in relieving work-related stress. It is also important for me to have a creative outlet and to spend time with friends and family.
As a female officer do you have any words of encouragement or advice for prospective female applicants about becoming a police officer?
Despite the gains women and other minorities have made in the field of law enforcement, the reality is that we will always have our detractors. You cannot be discouraged by the vocal minority. Work hard and stay humble and success will find you.