Allan is a former British police officer who served 29 years with the Royal Ulster Constabulary/ Police Service of Northern Ireland and he has extensive experience in managing crowds, civil unrest and terrorism. Allan completed his police service as head of Public Order training and acted as subject matter expert and adviser to the UK Government in Northern Ireland, multiple British police forces and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Since leaving the service Allan has worked on training and advising police xommanders in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and he is a regular lecturer at Queens University in Belfast and the FBI National Academy. I
n 2013 he was recruited to the Scottish Police College in Tulliallen to design and deliver its first events management course in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. He designed, delivered and managed the training of the Jordanian Gendarmerie in crowd control, protest management and events management in the wake of the ‘Arab Uprisings' and in 2016 he was recruited to design and deliver the training for tactical police commanders responsible for the delivery of the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar.
He is currently the curriculum co-ordinator for NCS4 (The National Centre for Spectator Sports Safety and Security) at the University of Southern Mississippi.