Allen Neal retired from the Springfield, Missouri Police Department in 2016 after serving 25 years with the department. Mr. Neal spent the majority of his career serving in various assignments in the Criminal Investigations Division. He was assigned to the Narcotics Unit, Crimes Against Persons Unit, Violent Crimes Unit and the Major Crimes Unit prior to being selected as an investigator in the Homicide Unit where he served for many years. Mr. Neal was later promoted to Sergeant, and he was selected to supervise the Violent Crimes Unit and the Homicide Unit where he remained for 10 years until his retirement. During this time, he worked closely with various medical examiners and forensic pathologists as well as presenting to the Child Fatality Review Board. Mr. Neal is a certified instructor and has instructed on various topics including courses on homicide, suicide and natural death investigations, responding to major crime scenes, violent crimes/robbery investigations, interview and interrogation and search/seizure issues. Mr. Neal is a past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 22 and the Springfield Police Officers Association.
Following his retirement from the police department, Mr. Neal joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Anti-Human Trafficking Unit as the lead investigator. He worked with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies investigating crimes related to sex and labor trafficking. Mr. Neal coordinated with victim advocate groups/coalitions to secure safe housing and services for juvenile and adult victims/survivors of human trafficking.
Mr. Neal serves as the Regional Program Specialist for the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.