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Allen's last day on patrol business as usual

April 29, 2010
  • Sgt. Denny Allen spent his last day on patrol for the Anchorage Police Department Wednesday. (Rich Jordan/KTUU-DT)
Sgt. Denny Allen spent his last day on patrol for the Anchorage Police Department Wednesday. (Rich Jordan/KTUU-DT)

by Megan Baldino
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Sgt. Denny Allen with the Anchorage Police Department will hand in his badge Thursday.

For years Allen has patrolled the streets of Fairview, working with Anchorage's public inebriate population and the homeless.

For his last day on patrol, it was business as usual.

"Nothing big except to keep doing what we've been doing for the last few years," he said.

The fixture in Fairview knows most by name.

"The business people I will miss," he said.

"A lot of the people on the streets, I certainly won't miss them and I have a feeling they won't miss me," he continued.

He may be right.

"Unfortunately (as) the guy that dumped all the alcohol and worked on the homeless and kicked them out of their camps," Allen said of what he will be remembered for.

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"He knows everybody. He knows them on sight, knows them by first name; he knows about their family; knows about their troubles, and is always willing to help them. And luckily I've worked under him now for 2-1/2 years and he's taught me a lot," said officer Carla Culbreth.

Allen is not retiring for good, but taking a job on the North Slope, which will allow him to spend more time with his family in Alaska and Oregon.

Contact Megan Baldino at mbaldino@ktuu.com

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