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Hillsboro lieutenant is trainer of the year

Allen says training programs for officers his 'real passion'


LT. CRAIG ALLENLt. Craig Allen of the Hillsboro Police Department, a research and training partner and certified Force Science Institute analyst, has been named the nonprofit’s 2015 Law Officer Trainer of the Year.

The announcement was made April 20 at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association conference in Wheeling, Ill.

In his acceptance speech, Allen shared his vision of police trainers as “teachers and encouragers to the people who need it the most.”

Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., praised Allen for his work.

“We couldn’t agree more with the decision to name [Allen] Trainer of the Year,” said Lewinski. “His deep passion for training and research and his tireless dedication to helping enlighten and support officers, not just in his department but worldwide, is extraordinary.

“This is an honor very well deserved.”

Lt. Mike Rouches, spokesman for Hillsboro Police, chimed in.

“HPD is very proud of Craig and his ability to design police training that truly assists cops in making better decisions,” Rouches said. “He is a pioneer in the area of force response and has been taking our training to new levels.”

Allen, who was recently promoted from sergeant to lieutenant at HPD, said he was humbled by the award.

“It really was quite a privilege,” said Allen. “I’ve been involved in training in one form or another for 18 years. I don’t know if police need more instructing or more tools in their tool bag.

“There’s a lot of money thrown at police training. The point is whether the training is paying off.”

Police instructors should “push themselves a little further to look at how and what we’re teaching police officers and let them come to their own conclusions,” Allen added.

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