The Investigations Bureau is headed by a Deputy Chief and is comprised of 91 employees who are assigned to the four sections. Each section has investigative and evidence collection responsibilities. They include the Criminal Investigations Section, Vice and Narcotics Section, Crime Scene Investigation Section, Public Information Office and Internal Investigations Section. An additional 65 to 80 volunteers are assigned to this Bureau. Volunteer numbers fluctuate based on needs of the department and volunteer availability.
Deputy Chief David Huchler
Crime Scene Investigation Section
The CSI Section is a major support section for the police department, particularly for the various investigative elements of the department as well as the patrol division. The CSI section is a 24-hour 7-day a week operation dedicated to processing crime scenes to facilitate the recovery and preservation of physical evidence. The section is comprised of one Section Commander (civilian), one Sergeant, nine Crime Scene Investigators, four Latent Fingerprint Examiners (civilian) and one Police Records Clerk (civilian).
Public Information Office
The members of the Media Services Unit are dedicated and highly trained individuals who understand the importance of using the media as a valuable resource to keep the public informed of the Department’s activities. The PIO is staffed by a civilian Commander, a civilian Public Information Officer with the help of a volunteer that works on a part time basis.
The PIO's primary responsibilities are assisting members of the media in completing the task of gathering information and reporting on news events impacting residents and visitors in the City of Alexandria, maintaining communication between the Department and the City Manager’s Office (CMO) and responding to inquiries from the public. Additionally, the PIO maintains compliance with national accreditation standards applicable to the unit.
Public information officers respond to the most serious crime and critical accident scenes and to all police scenes where the media is present. In addition, the PIO is responsible for notifying the CMO about certain events and offenses that occur within the City.
The PIO is staffed Monday through Friday from approximately 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. PIO staff are on call and available 24 hours a day to answer requests from the media, Department staff and the CMO.
The PIO can be contacted at (703) 746-6600.
Internal Investigations Section
The Alexandria Police Department’s policy is to require its employees to obey all laws and department rules and to treat all persons fairly and with respect. In order to maintain public trust and confidence, it is also the policy of this department to objectively and thoroughly investigate all allegations of wrongdoing and to consistently and fairly administer discipline when appropriate. Public faith and trust in the Police Department and its employees are essential to the accomplishment our mission.
The Internal Investigations Section is responsible for recording, registering, and controlling the investigation of complaints against, or alleged or suspected misconduct of employees of the Alexandria Police Department.
Citizens are encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department with any complaints about the actions of a police or non-sworn employee if they believe the conduct was inappropriate or violated the law.
Complaints can be made by the following means:
- Using the online complaint form
- Contacting the employee’s supervisor by phone at 703-838-4444
- Contacting the Internal Investigations Section by phone at 703-746-6767.
- For Bias related incidents, please call the Bias Policing Line at 703-746-1967.
- In person or by mail to the employee’s supervisor or the Internal Investigations Section at 3600 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22304.
Every complaint is reviewed and logged by the Internal Investigations Section and then assigned to the appropriate entity for investigation. Once the investigation is completed, you will be notified of the disposition of the complaint.
For annual statistical summaries of internal investigations, click here.