Richard Allen


I followed him into the 'blue light' services and spent a 36-year-long career with the police, in uniform with the Vice Squad, the Drug Squad, CID and Special Branch. I retired in the rank of Superintendent.

Whilst with a Home Office unit, I happened to be having a drink with my director (a marvellous man on whom I based one of my characters: Sir Hastings Perry) who introduced me to the editor of McGraw-Hill. As a result of the editorís encouragement, I wrote the first book ever written in the UK dealing with police management. A few years later I wrote the first book ever written on leadership in the police service following an encouraging letter from Sir Edward Heath.  Both were listed as recommended reading by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the US Department of Justice and sold around the world for more than ten years with royalties being donated to charity.