Richard L. Allen was born in Gary,
Indiana and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He served four years as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, including six
months in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. After 24 years in the Air Force Reserves, Allen joined the Newark Police
Department where he served until his retirement in 2001. Richard Allen is the author of Lock and Key; Poetic Police Food for Thought; and, A New Ark Police
Officer's View of Poetic Just Ice/Justice.
According to the book description
of Lock and Key, “with enough episodes to fill a season of televised police dramas, author and former police officer
Richard Allen provides readers with a candid look into the nature of police work and the daily challenges an officer must
face. In his memoir, "Lock and Key," Allen recalls some of the most unforgettable incidents and individuals of his experience.
He depicts the humanity, compassion, and courage of those who serve their community as officers of the peace while revealing
his deepest gratitude and appreciation for his fellow police officers. "Lock & Key" will definitely leave readers a greater
appreciation of police work and a deeper respect for those who work to keep us safe.”