The Cross of Valour is the highest bravery decoration in the Australian Honours and Awards system.
Since the inception of these Honours and Awards in 1975, only five people have ever been awarded the Cross of Valour medal. Allan is one those five.
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II made a personal gift of only 10 Diamond Jubilee Medals to be awarded to Australians. Allan is one of those ten to receive this medal. Allan was the first Australian police officer to ever receive the Cross of Valour.