The Operations Support Bureau supports each of the three Bureaus through effective deployment of specially trained units such as canine, motors, school resource officers, parking enforcement, school crossing guards, Special Operations Team (SWAT), hostage negotiators, a crash reconstruction team and hack inspection. The Bureau has overall responsibility for the Police Department's Incident Command System (ICS) and is fully National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant.
Deputy Chief Chris Wemple III
Operations Support Bureau Links:
- Traffic Section
- K-9 Unit
- School Resource Unit
- Community Relations Unit
- Office of Homeland Security and Operational Preparedness
School Resource Unit
The Alexandria Police Department is committed to the safety and well being of all city school children. In 1997 the School Resource Unit (SRU) was created and supported by a strong partnership in conjunction with the Alexandria City Public School (ACPS), City Manger's Office, City Council and the Alexandria Police Department.
The SRU was created in 1997 with one School Resource Officer (SRO), who was assigned to G.W. Middle School. Due to the success of the program, the unit has steadily grown in size to the current staffing level of one (1) SRO Sergeant and five (5) School Resource Officers (SRO's).
All officers selected to the SRU attend a 40-hour School Resource Officer School. This training is provided by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services- Center for School Safety. The SROs also receive additional specialized training from the ACPS and other training sources on a wide range of subjects: dealing with kids who have emotional & educational issues, school policy, laws of search, seizure & arrest on school grounds, how to prevent and deal with an active school shooting incident and many other related topics.
The Alexandria SRU is a member of the Virginia Association of School Resource Officers (VASRO) and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). Both of theses organization provides an outlet of networking with other SRO's, training and out reach services that our SRO's can use to assist them in providing superior service to the schools they serve.
Our unit is always available to speak with any group or organization that may want to learn more about what duties the SRO's perform and how they form a partnership with their assigned schools.
The SRO's take ownership of their schools and with the support of their principal; they become a valuable member of the school's administration team.
If you have any further questions about the unit please feel free to contact the supervisor of the SRU. School Resource Unit, Main Office: 703.746.6893.
Office of Homeland Security and Operational Preparedness
With the history of 9/11, the Sniper Incident, and Hurricane Katrina as a backdrop, the face of Public Safety has changed. The office of Homeland Security and Operational Preparedness (HS/OP) coordinates information regarding potential threats against the City and its citizens from an all hazards perspective. This includes planning and preparation for incidents of international or domestic terrorism, natural or manmade disasters and the related information/intelligence gathering to meet those challenges.
HS/OP is responsible for the traditional Homeland Security functions to include: maintaining a liaison with federal, state, local and military terrorism/intelligence counterparts; partnership in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and review and local follow-up investigations of related police reports and bulletins regarding international or domestic terrorism matters.
HS/OP also has oversight of federal and state grants related to Homeland Security issues, department-wide unmet equipment and technology needs assessment, all-hazards emergency response preparedness, and inspectional review for operational readiness.
HS/OP provides training for our own and other regional area officers on the subjects of terrorism, improvised explosive devices, and identity document fraud. The office also maintains a library of terrorism-related information on the police department's mobile display terminals.
To report suspicious activity that may be indicative of international or domestic terrorism, please call the Department of Emergency Communication at 703-746-4444.