ALLEN L. MINGO

ALLEN L. MINGO

CLASS OF 1969
LAW ENFORCEMENT/VOLUNTEERISM
INDUCTED 2005

Following a 1969 graduation from Covert High School, Allen L. Mingo made Law enforcement his career choice. Allen's law enforcement and community service experience now spans a period of over thirty years.

He is a 1974 graduate of the Lake Michigan College Criminal Justice program and a 1977 graduate of the Michigan State Police Recruit School. Trained by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1988, Allen was one of the first D.A.R.E. officers in Michigan. Allen has also successfully completed numerous other law enforcement related training courses, including the Michigan Department of State Police Instructor Development and Public Speaking Skills Course.

During his successful career as a law enforcement officer, Allen served with the Covert Township Police from 1974 through 1977, and with the Michigan State Police Department from 1977 until 2002, where he retired as a Sergeant. Currently, Allen serves as Captain with the Benton Harbor Police Department.

Allen is the recipient of many career awards, some of which include the following:

2002 Certificate of Outstanding Service to People of Berrien County
2002 Michigan Department of State Police Leadership Award
2001 & 2002 Michigan State Police Commander
1996 Dedicated Service Appreciation Award-Niles State Police Post
1994 Outstanding Service Award-State of Michigan D.A.R.E. Administration Unit Award
1994 Certificate of Recognition-Outstanding Service to People of Van Buren County

As an ordained minister, evangelist and member of Unity Bible Baptist Church, Allen has spent time speaking in various churches, correctional facilities and juvenile centers throughout Southwestern Michigan.

Allen is married to LaDonne Prewitt Mingo, who is also a 1969 graduate of Covert High School. They have two daughters, Chanda Mingo-Thomas and Sonya Mingo-Williams and four grandchildren. Their daughter Sonya is also a Covert graduate, former Miss Covert and 1990 Miss Blossomtime Queen. He enjoys spending time with his family and as a golf enthusiast, playing a round of golf at the many beautiful Southwest Michigan golf courses.

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