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Former BCSO sergeant launches campaign for sheriff

John Allen

A former Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office sergeant is kicking off his campaign to be the county’s top cop.

The primary will be held in June 2022 and the general election will be in November 2022.

John Allen, who was BCSO’s homicide sergeant when he left in October 2019, also has experience in crisis intervention, the mobile crisis and SWAT teams, and in investigating violent crimes, according to a news release from his campaign.

He has 23 years of law enforcement experience and is currently a lead instructor for various law enforcement agencies.

“I hope to unite the people and policymakers of our county around the goals of ensuring public safety, preventing crime before it happens, and ensuring we take care of our mental and behavioral health calls appropriately,” Allen said in the news release.

His campaign also said he has “a bold plan to rebuild public trust in our Sheriff’s office.”

“His plan emphasizes ensuring public safety, transparency in policing, engaged community policing, data-driven policing, and an emphasis on behavioral health,” the news release states. “His agenda has already attracted endorsements from numerous elected officials, including progressive senators who serve Bernalillo County Districts: Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Harold Pope Jr.”

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