Bobby Neil joined the Florida Polytechnic University Police Department in April 2021. He began his career with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. During that time, Neil served in many different roles, including as street patrol, community policing, narcotics detective, sex crimes detective, recruiter/background investigator, and school resource officer. Neil was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005, and served as platoon sergeant, community policing sergeant, crime suppression unit sergeant, and narcotic’s sergeant.
The Haines City, Florida, native was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2008, where he then served as platoon lieutenant before taking his final assignment in the Safe School’s Division in the Bureau of Colleges & Universities.
In 2014, Neil became the new head of security for all Polk State College campuses supervising all aspects of the college’s security efforts. His responsibilities included maintaining security and emergency response programs, managing the contracted security force, ensuring follow-up investigations were conducted as needed, and ensuring the college adhered to state and federal laws related to campus security including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). He also served as a liaison with all area law enforcement agencies. Neil retired from the sheriff’s office after 25 years of service, then did a brief one-year stint as a correctional probation officer. Still having the fire in the belly, Neil decided to return to law enforcement to and joined the Police Department at Florida Poly.