Doug Allen retired as a Division Chief with 32 years of service in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE). He was the Southern California Law Enforcement Coordinator for CALFIRE, coordinating the Southern Arson Investigation Unit and Civil Litigation program. Chief Allen specializes in the analysis and profiling of “Serial Arsonists”. Allen has investigated and/or supervised the investigation of over 100 serial arsonists. All of the 100 arsonist were adjudicated. He has been an investigator, technical advisor and Incident Commander on numerous Law Enforcement Investigations and Surveillance Operations throughout California. During one thirteen month period Chief Allen coordinated 107 sworn personnel on eight major arson investigations in Southern California. These operations resulted in the apprehension and conviction of eight serial arsonists and the clearance of over 600 arson cases.
Allen was retained as a consultant and advisor to the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. He advised the prosecutors during the investigation and trial of Raymond Lee Oyler. Oyler was convicted of setting twenty arson fires and the murder of five fire fighters. On June 6, 2008 Oyler was sentenced to Death!
Chief Allen received an education grant from IAAI to develop a week long training program on serial arson profiling of geographic locations and arsonist common habits to allow investigators to identify the location of the next target the arsonist will attempt to burn or to identify the residence or work area of the arsonist. Allen has provided 172,327 student contact hours of investigation training to 6,228 personnel.