DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE
Deputy Chief of Police
|501. Neville St.
|Beckley WV, 25801
Beckley Police Department
David Allard was born and raised in southern West Virginia and currently resides in Raleigh County with his wife of twenty-three years, Stephanie, his daughter Addison (13) and his two sons, Tyler (11), and Jaxon (8). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership Criminal Justice Administration from Mountain State University. David enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his son’s sports teams and he is in avid golfer.
Deputy Chief Allard joined the US Air Force out of high school and was stationed at Langley Air Force Base as an F-15 Crew Chief. He completed 3 tours of duty to Saudi Arabia between 1997 and 1999 in support of Operation Southern Watch. After being honorably discharged, he worked for one year as a Deputy Sheriff in Newport News, Virginia.
Deputy Chief Allard returned home to southern WV in 2002 when he was hired at the Beckley Police Department. He graduated as Valedictorian of his academy training class and early in his career he excelled in highway safety enforcement, being named Highway Safety Officer of the Year three times along with numerous other awards. He became the first Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) in the State of West Virginia in 2005.
Deputy Chief Allard was assigned to the Department’s Detective Bureau in February 2005 and would spend the next 17years in investigations while progressing through the ranks, ultimately attaining the rank of Lieutenant and the position of Chief of Detectives. Deputy Chief Allard excelled in complex investigations, specializing in robbery investigations, and traveling organized crime groups. DC Allard worked to modernize the investigative unit implementing a variety of technological resources, databases, intelligence sharing, crime analysis and private sector collaboration. DC Allard is the department’s Public Information Officer, handles media interviews, inquiries and manages the department social media platforms. DC Allard is a fulltime member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and serves as the Assistant Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator. DC Allard attended the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy from January 9 – March 17, 2017.
David was appointed Deputy Chief of Police on April 13, 2022.
The Deputy Chief of Police is the second highest ranking officer in the police department and reports directly to the Chief of Police. The Deputy Chief oversees several organizational components such as the Patrol Division, Detective Division and Support Services Division. In addition to carrying out specific division duties, the Deputy Chief may assume the duties of the Chief of Police in his absence and perform related functions in that capacity. Additionally, the Deputy Chief acts as a Chief of Staff to the office of the Chief of Police and keeps the Police Chief informed of all operational activities on a day-to-day basis.