Officer Burr “BJ” Allen is the newest member of the Darien Police Department, the department announced Friday morning.

Officer Allen comes to the Darien Police Department after spending a year and a half on the New Haven Police Department. Before his law enforcement career, Officer Allen was employed as a psychiatric Technician at Stamford Hospital.

Officer Allen grew up in New Canaan, graduating high school from the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. He continued his education at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA , where he was a member of both the football and lacrosse teams.

Officer Allen was sworn in at a meeting of the Darien Police Commission on July 5. When asked about the transition from New Haven to Darien, Allen stated “I’m really excited about working in a town similar to the one I grew up in.”

Allen resides in Westport with his girlfriend of five years, and enjoys staying active and being involved in sports.