COLUMBUS — Victoria Allen, a Mahoning Valley community activist who died Sept. 21 at age 49, was among those honored Tuesday by Attorney General Dave Yost as part of his annual Law Enforcement Conference.
The virtual conference featured workshops on various topical issues, including how to lead during trying times and understanding federal hate-crime statutes, a news release states. Each year during the event, the attorney general bestows the Distinguished Law Enforcement Awards, presented in seven categories.
Allen received the Distinguished Civilian Leadership Award. Yost presented the award to Allen’s family Sept. 28 at the Covelli Centre.
During his visit to Youngstown, Yost said the award will be renamed the Victoria Allen Distinguished Civilian Leadership Award.
“No fewer than nine police officers and a county judge nominated Allen for this award, with multiple submissions mentioning her work locating missing children, lost or wandering elders, and wanted fugitives; gathering information about crimes; and helping to calm crowds that gather at the scene of violent crimes,” the release states.
Allen was president of the ICU Block Watch Group, president of Crime Stoppers of Greater Youngstown, events coordinator of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 28 of Youngstown and a member of the South Avenue Area Neighborhood Development Initiative.