Combine police departments, improve public safety

April 20, 2013 

Corey Allen resigned as assistant police chief of Centreville this week, but his ugly legacy still lingers.

Allen is charged with lying to a federal agent when questioned about selling a gun to a felon for $100. Someone who would do that clearly is not suited to lead in law enforcement.

Allen, 31, rose quickly through the ranks first in Alorton then Centreville, but maybe that was more about logistics than leadership. Small departments in impoverished communities like these two often struggle to attract well-qualified officers.

Allen's case helps make the case for one regional department that would serve multiple communities rather than the multiple departments now in place. A larger department would have a better chance of putting together a strong leadership team, which in turn would enhance public safety.

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