Lieutenant Colonel Allen Davidson
Lieutenant Colonel R. Allen Davidson serves as Colonel Hines' Chief of Staff. He previously served as major in charge of all divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Lieutenant Colonel Davidson 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 also acts as the legislation liaison for the agency with the Virginia General Assembly, where he worked to pass legislation allowing the Sheriff's Office to create a DCJS independent certified law enforcement academy.
In 2011 Lieutenant Colonel Davidson was elected to co-chair the Richmond Virginia Capital Region 800Mhz Radio Steering Committee. He was also elected as the Chairman for the State of Virginia, Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability representing Virginia’s Homeland Security Region 1. In addition, he sits on the Virginia State Interoperability Executive Committee.
Lieutenant Colonel Davidson has served the Sheriff’s Office in many capacities. He began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 1989 as a patrol officer. He later served as a field training officer for new recruits and a background investigator for potential patrol officer candidates. In 1992 he was transferred to the Investigative Division and assigned to the Vice/Narcotics Unit, where he executed surveillance, technical operations, drug investigations, and undercover assignments. He also served with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force. Upon creation of the Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit in 1994, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and became the officer in charge of this newly created specialized unit. The unit's mission was to focus on crimes in progress, organized crime, major and repeat violators, and probation and parole violators.
Lieutenant Colonel Davidson was promoted in 1997 to the rank of lieutenant and was placed in the Administrative Support Operations Division, supervising the Personnel and Training Unit. After five years there, he was appointed to the rank of captain of the Uniform Patrol Division, the largest division of the Sheriff's Office. He managed the Uniform Patrol Division, the Reserve Unit, and special teams and served as the Sheriff's representative to the Transportation Safety Committee as appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Additionally, he is credited with developing and implementing Hanover County Sheriff's Office’s D.C. Sniper Response Plan (subsequently adopted as the Richmond Metro Regional Plan) which culminated in multiple arrests as well as the Metro Richmond Area Police Pursuit Review and Policy Committee.
Lieutenant Colonel Davidson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs' Association, and the Virginia Sheriffs' Association. Lieutenant Colonel Davidson also serves as Deputy Emergency Manager for Hanover County.
Allen is married, has two children, and resides in Hanover County. He has served on youth league boards and has coached girls' fast-pitch softball for more than 15 years.