Deputy Montoya has been with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for the last 6 years. He was recently transferred to Patrol Duty with the Sheriff’s office for the Memorial Northwest Subdivision.
Allan Montoya is, in every essence of the word, a patriot who has a love for his country and takes pride in his nation, even if his loyalty would result in the sacrifice of his own life. Today he is on the job and wants to protect and serve our community.
His family was from Columbia and both his uncle and father served in the Columbian military. His father’s values greatly influenced Allan. As a young man, his father taught him the significance of numbers and how they are related to skills and functions used in life. Growing up in an environment of real and wannabe gang members, random shootings and drug dealing, Montoya wanted to escape. What he wanted most was the opposite of that world. He wanted a career where he would make a difference for the better, with each person he encountered.
Prior to becoming a sheriff’s deputy Montoya served his country in the United States Army. He joined when he was17 and when he turned 18 he was deployed to Iraq. Montoya served as a Ranger in military intelligence. Initially Montoya was going to save his army pay to buy his dream car, a Camaro. But in order to help his sister go to school he sent all of his first years pay home
Montoya was deployed to Iraq 4 times in 7 1/2 years and he became one of the youngest Sergeants in his company. It was his mission and that of his K9 partner a German Sheppard named Chesqa, to find improvised explosive devices, IED, one of the Taliban’s most brutally effective weapons against American troops. Sergeant Montoya and his K9 repeatedly deployed, loyally and selflessly, by putting themselves in harm’s way to save lives in one of the world’s most dangerous countries.
After returning home from his second and 17 month long deployment, Montoya had missed the birth of his son Shawn Allan who was already a little over a year old. During his third deployment Montoya was injured and during the fourth he was shot.
Montoya, like most Veterans transitioning from service and military life, experienced a period of adjustment. Montoya returned from Iraq to his home in Missouri City and to his wife and two sons. After he returned he discovered Chesqa had had a litter and Montoya was given a puppy and named her Chevy. Montoya did eventually get a Camaro.
After it was suggested that Montoya apply to the Houston Police department, Montoya questioned whether being a cop would be much of a challenge after his military experience. “After all “, Montoya said, “don’t you just write tickets and eat doughnuts.” Montoya agreed to go for a “ride- a- long” on his friend’s shift in the Fifth Ward.
After the ride Montoya began to understand the role of a police officer and how a career in law enforcement offered a sense of identity and self-esteem by protecting the rights of all persons and therefore could significantly and positively impact a community. When Montoya attended the Texas Peace officer’s school he finished at the top of his class.
The people skills he acquired in the service continue to aid him in evaluating those persons of suspected interest. Through observation of the suspect’s behavior and body language, he is able to evaluate truthfulness and to detect deception. Often, Montoya is frustrated when he sees people and young kids disregarding the law, or a news article bashing the police and what they are doing. Even though Montoya recognizes that dissension is part of the world he is proud to work for an agency where he can apply those principles and values of his youth to positively impact a community. Deputy Montoya would like to become part of the US Marshal Service. His education, service background in intelligence and successful law enforcement career would definitely support his aspiration. This past year, Deputy Montoya, wife and Shawn Allan now 10 and Jacob 4 enjoyed a holiday vacation snowboarding in New Mexico.