Assistant Chief Katie P. Allen



Assistant Chief Katie Allen is a proud lifetime resident of Winston-Salem. She has been a City of Winston-Salem employee since the age of 16, when she started her employment as a lifeguard and recreation leader with the City of Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department. Upon completion of college, Assistant Chief Allen was hired by the Winston-Salem Police Department and seated in BLET Class 46 in August of 2000.

Professional Career

During Assistant Chief Allen’s career with the Department, she has worked in all three patrol districts and served the patrol division as an officer, corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant. Assistant Chief Allen was also assigned as an officer on the Downtown Bike Patrol. Assistant Chief Allen worked in the Training Division as the Lead Use of Force Instructor and Lead Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor. Assistant Chief Allen also worked as the Recruiting Unit Sergeant, the Operations Support Division Lieutenant, the Special Services Division Captain, and the Professional Standards Division Commander. She currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the Field Services Bureau, which includes the Patrol Division and Special Operations Division. 

Assistant Chief Allen was promoted to Corporal in 2007, Sergeant in 2011, Lieutenant in 2015, and Captain in 2019. She was appointed as an Assistant Chief of Police in 2023. Assistant Chief Allen has been a General Instructor since 2003. She has been a Use of Force and Physical Fitness Instructor since 2004. She has also served as an OC Instructor, SPEAR Instructor, Taser Instructor, and Specialized Driving Instructor. She is a member of the N.C. Police Executives Association and the North Carolina Internal Affairs Investigators Association. 


Assistant Chief Allen is a graduate of Mt. Tabor High School in Winston-Salem. She attended college at Appalachian State University and Gardner-Webb University. She graduated from Gardner-Webb in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Assistant Chief Allen is a graduate of N.C. State’s Administrative Officers Management Program, Piedmont Leadership Academy, and the Credible Leadership Academy. 


Assistant Chief Allen is married with identical twin daughters. She is a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Winston-Salem.