Bruce Allison is a native of Canton, Ohio. He is a graduate of Canton McKinley High School and holds an associate’s degree from Kent State University. He joined the Canton Police Department on September 10, 1979. In 1981 he was assigned to Highland Park, a low-income, high-crime neighborhood of Canton, and patrolled there for six years. For his very successful community policing efforts that helped bring positive change to that community, he was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 1984.
On May 20th, 2002, he became the first African-American in the over 100-year history of the Canton Police Department promoted to the rank of lieutenant. On November 19th, 2004, he became the first African-American in the history of the Canton Police Department promoted to the rank of captain.
Following his retirement, Allison was asked to serve as Project Director for CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence), a strategy to help reduce gang and gun violence in the City of Canton. During the time he led the CIRV initiative, the City of Canton experienced a dramatic decrease in both homicides and gang shootings.
As Chief of Security for SMHA, Allison has developed proactive police partnerships and has implemented security and policing strategies that have made a positive impact toward the health, safety, and welfare of SMHA residents and all Stark County residents.
He has received numerous awards in his career as a police officer and in service to the community. In addition to being named Police Officer of the Year, he has also received two Outstanding Community Service Awards from the NAACP, the Guy Mack Award and Outstanding Citizenship Award from the Canton Negro Old-Timers, the Pathfinders Award bestowed by the students of McKinley High School, the Golden Dove Award given by Multi-Development Services of Stark County, the Paul Robeson Award of Excellence given by WATOES Outreach Programs, the Humanitarian Award given by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and the Longevity of Service Award by ABCD, Inc. Captain Allison has been honored by Canton City Council, the Stark County Prosecutor, the Ohio Attorney General, and was recognized in the ninth edition of Who’s Who in Black Cleveland/Akron/Canton.
Captain Allison is married to Ravene E. Allison, and they have three children. Rawlyn is a cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University and a CPA. Adrian, a magna cum laude graduate from Baldwin Wallace College, holds a jurist doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve Law School. Tiffany is a graduate of Kent State University in business administration.
Captain Allison has also been blessed with four beautiful granddaughters, Jada Nicole, Averi Victoria Lynn, Anastasia Olivia Lynn, and Anissa Jenae.