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Familiar face joins Vallejo Police Department as interim assistant police chief

Joseph Allio has been selected as interim assistant police chief for the Vallejo Police Department, and began serving his role on Monday, police said.

Having started his law enforcement career in 1984, Allio has experience working in many positions and assignments including patrol, investigations, SWAT, youth services, internal affairs, and community services.

Most recently, Allio served as police chief for the city of Fairfield in 2017, and served as interim chief for the Vallejo Police Department in 2019.

Additionally, Allio was a founding member of the Fairfield police Peer Support Team, participated in the development of “active shooter” response training, and developed and implemented the Police Probation Team.

Fairfield Police Department Joseph Allio returned to the Vallejo Police Department Monday, July 20, 2020 to serve as the interim assistant police chief. Allio was the former police chief in Fairfield, Calif. and served as interim chief in 2019 in Vallejo, Calif.

Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams said:

“Interim Assistant Chief Allio is a seasoned law enforcement veteran and will be an invaluable asset to this department as we continue to improve and evolve.”

The Vallejo City Council approved the assistant chief position on July 14, and plans to fund the position out of the Vallejo Police Department’s 2020-2021 budget.

Allio said:

“I look forward to serving Chief Williams and the Vallejo Police Department as we continually seek to improve and transform policing in Vallejo.”

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