Lieutenant Colonel Allen Davidson

Serving as Colonel Hines’ Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel R. Allen Davidson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  Beginning his law enforcement career with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in 1989, Lieutenant Colonel Davidson has served the Sheriff’s Office in numerous leadership capacities, having served in each unit of the department.  He has been instrumental in developing and implementing many enhanced and up-to-date practices to maintain the efficiency and professional growth of the department. 

Allen holds an Associate degree in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class No. 205, DEA Leadership Academy and the US Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program.

Allen is actively involved in the agency's certification for both the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  He acts as the legislation liaison for the agency with the Virginia General Assembly, where he helps to present and support legislation that serves to better the quality of life for the citizens of Hanover and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Also, he currently serves as the Deputy Emergency Manager for Hanover County. 

His professional memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Sheriffs' Association; the Virginia Sheriffs' Association; and ASIS International. Throughout his career, he has served on numerous committees and project teams dedicated to effective police practices.

Allen and his wife reside in western Hanover County and have two daughters and three grandchildren. He is a member of Washington-Henry Masonic Lodge in Mechanicsville.