Chris McPhail


My desire or goal is to help clients find or establish the truth so that they can achieve closure in a traumatic occurrence in their lives, heal and move on with a clean slate. Except for Applicant testing, everything I do is about healing and moving forward.

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Call (417) 812-6318 or email Chris.

Missouri Private Investigator License #2018011293

After graduating from the National Polygraph Academy in 2013, Chris created Midwest Polygraph Services & Consulting in 2015. He is highly sought after as an expert polygraph examiner for the Springfield Police Department and other local police agencies, the Springfield Park Board Police and Springfield Airport Police, among many clients.

Chris McPhail retired from the Springfield Missouri Police Department in 2017 after a combined 28 years in law enforcement and criminal investigations. His career began as a reserve deputy at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. This is where Chris developed the desire to make law enforcement his career. After completing academy training in 1994 and assigned to the Patrol Division, right away Chris found the area of field interviews and investigations were of particular interest and his honed skills led to the Narcotics Unit, working undercover in covert operations, intelligence gathering and search warrants, presenting cases in both state and federal courts.


  • 28 years law enforcement experience (POST certified)
  • 25 years military security experience
  • Certified American Polygraph Association polygraph examiner
  • 21 years conducting all types of criminal investigations
  • Excellent working relationship with community, court system and law enforcement Training experience conducting POST certified law enforcement training

Law Enforcement Specialized Training

(List is not all inclusive. Additional certificates can be made available)

  • National Polygraph Academy
  • FEMA IS00100 Incident Command System
  • FEMA IS00700 Incident Management System
  • Reid Interview and Interrogation

With such an extensive background in the investigations, interviewing and interrogations field, Chris attributes much of his success from his natural ability to put people at ease so they feel comfortable to talk to him about sensitive issues, which naturally segue into the servies his company offers today. 

Nothing was static about Chris’ extensive career path. He was promoted to Corporal and worked in the position of assistant supervisor in the Narcotics Unit, giving him the opportunity to train investigators as well as speak to various community groups. Further career path opportunities include working in Criminal Investigations, Domestic Violence, as a Task Force Officer at [local] Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms field office (ATF), and in early 2016 was transferred to the Homicide Unit.

Midwest Polygraph Services & Consulting offers various private tests including preemployment for police agencies, tests for private attorneys, fidelity tests for private individuals as well as tests for private counselors.

Chris McPhail along with his wife Emilie have the experience and training necessary to assist you in your confidential investigative needs. Feel free to contact him for any questions about these and other investigative services.

Emilie McPhail


My goal remains to seek out the truth in an honest and ethical manner. My extensive experience in government service and education can assist clients in many areas of sensitive investigation issues.

Emilie McPhail attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, earning her degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. During college she worked for the Greene County Juvenile Office, Lakeland Regional Hospital, Department of Justice (Drug Enforcement Administration) and was a volunteer for CASA and Cox Medical Center. After graduating college with honors she worked for the Department of Social Services Children’s Division. Emilie was employed as a social service worker with Children’s Division for twelve years and served in various positions, primarily as a child abuse investigator.

Completing over 3,000 investigations over the course of twelve years, Emilie conducted investigations of child abuse, child neglect, educational neglect, newborn crisis assessments and child fatalities.


Emilie was responsible for the application of direct intervention and investigation on behalf of children and families in instances of abuse, neglect, or exploitation after the initial point of contact with the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit through the process of an investigation in determine the validity of the allegations.

During this time she was responsible for in home and field investigations gathering information from all concerned parties to gather all necessary information to make a determination if there was probable cause to substantiate the allegations made.

Emilie also conducted out of home investigations concerning child care home/center, residential treatment centers, group homes, licensed/unlicensed foster parents, Division of Youth Services facilities, juvenile court facilities, department of mental health facilities, public and private schools and health care facilities. She prepared investigative summaries for court review and worked with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Within the licensing unit of Children’s Division, Emilie also served as a trainer and recruiter for foster and adoptive parents, and prepared adoption and guardianship subsidy contracts and was a liaison between adoptive/foster parents and Children’s Division.

Emilie has written over 50 home studies for pre-adoptive and foster parents. This involved in depth interviews of potential adoptive and foster parents over the course of several weeks to assess the family prior to licensure. The interviews were used to gain an overall view of the family candidate.

This process involved training, in depth interviews, criminal background checks, in home assessments, health statements, income and health coverage statements, reference interviews and autobiographical statements.

Emilie has the experience and education to assist clients in many areas of sensitive investigation issues.