Internal Affairs Division
The Internal Affairs Section acts on behalf of the Chief of Police, as a staff investigative body with the following major purpose:
- To assist in maintaining Department integrity.
- To identify personnel guilty of misconduct, so that they may be retrained and corrected or disciplined through proper administrative action.
- To protect innocent members.
- To monitor the complaint investigation procedures and ensure that appropriate action is taken in all cases.
- To identify members who display a trend towards unacceptable behavior.
- To coordinate with the Alexandria Regional Police Academy on training needs which might minimize undesirable practices caused by misinterpretation of procedures.
Information Needed for a Complaint
Have dates, times, names and descriptions available for the investigator at the time of complaint. Provide as much detail as possible. Also provide information about where you may be contacted during the investigation.
- Your contact information
What to expect during the investigation
After making the complaint, either by phone, mail or in person, the supervisor or inspector will tell you who specifically will be conducting the investigation. The investigator will also explain to you how to keep in touch with them during the investigation. You may feel free to contact the investigator at any time to inquire about the investigation.
When the investigation is concluded
Complaints will receive a phone call or a written notice, from the Internal Affairs Investigator, with the findings of the investigation.
**WARNING: Filing a False Police Report is a CRIME. Violators will be prosecuted!
Frequently Asked Questions
No, making a complaint against an officer will not get criminal charges dismissed, your case will still need to go through the regular court process.
No, APD IAU only takes complaints about APD officers and civilian employees.
No, the decision to file charges against a suspect ultimately lies with the City Prosecutor or the District Attorney’s Office. Having charges denied does not necessarily mean the officer was not diligent in their work.
It depends on the circumstances, but the simple answer is no. Miranda warnings (“rights”) are usually read to a suspect who is in custody prior to being questioned as the suspect in an investigation. Many arrests do not involve questioning at the point of the arrest and therefore Miranda warnings are not needed.
Yes, complaints must be taken in person. Internal Affairs can be reached by calling 318-441-6529.
Internal Affairs Officer
Lieutenant Wesley Mathews