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Long-time MPD officer is set to retire this month

Friday, June 24, 2011

Detective John Allred, who has been with the Monett Police Department for over 28 years, will officially retire on Aug. 1.

"I started as a part-time dispatcher," Allred said. "After 13 months, I was assigned to foot patrol of the downtown business district. I moved on to road patrol, and in 1999, was made a detective."

Allred said that the field of police work is always interesting because it encompasses many jobs with one job.

"I think my favorite part of this job has been working in the detective division," Allred said. "I think the most challenging cases are those involving embezzlement. It can be hard to figure out how a person did it, where [the money] went and why they did it. But they always leave a paper trail. You just have to find it and follow it."

In the past 10 years. Allred said that he has worked about 10 cases involving embezzlement.

"It's usually from a business," he said. "Someone is usually in a position of trust and decides to help themselves."

Cases that Allred finds hardest to work are those involving the abuse or molestation of children.

"Those are hard," he said. "We've had to deal with several of those cases."

During his years with the department, Allred has put at least one myth to bed.

"It's true, the crime rate really does rise during a full moon," he said. "You'd better believe it."

Allred has served under six chiefs and six mayors during his tenure at the Monett Police Department.

Advice he would give to anyone, in law enforcement or not, is: "Prepare for retirement while you're young."

Allred said he would certainly miss his co-workers following his retirement.

"It's been a good run," he said. "I've had fun, and I'm looking forward to the next chapter."

Due to accrued vacation and comp time, Allred's last day in the office will be July 7. He plans to expand on his professional photography business later this year.

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