Hatley was a freelance writer and twice elected constable in Bandera County (Texas).
Allen Hatley served in the US Army and saw service in Korea from 1951 to 1952.
He holds a BS and MS in Geology and an Advanced Peace Officer Certification from the State of Texas. In addition to
his 30 year career in the petreoleum industry, Allen Hatley has an active and varied law enforcement career.
he graduated from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy and received his Basic Peace Officer Certificate. He worked as a criminal investigator for the district attorney’s office and as a narcotics agent
in the Southwest Narcotics Task Force. In 1993, he was elected as Constable,
Precinct Number 4, Bandera County and re-elected in 1997. He retired in 1998. Allen Hatley is the author of Bringing the Law to Texas: Crime and Violence in Nineteenth Century Texas; The Oil Finders: A Collection of Stories
About Exploration; Early Texas Indian Wars 1822-1835; The First Texas Legion During the American Civil War; The Indian Wars
in Stephen F. Austin's Texas Colony, 1822-1835; Reluctant Rebels: The Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment; The First Texas Legion;
and, Texas Constables: A Frontier Heritage.
to the book description of Texas Constables:
A Frontier Heritage, “Though a host of Texas Rangers, U.S. marshals, and even town marshals populate the legends
and annals of law enforcement, the stories and exploits of constables, an equally significant group of peace officers, have
gone mostly unheralded. In a long-overdue examination, Allen G. Hatley traces Texas constables to their roots in medieval
England and colonial America and chronicles a rich history from January 1823, when a constable was appointed as the first
law-enforcement officer in Stephen F. Austin's colony.”