Criminal Investigation

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Support includes Crimes Against Persons and Property as well as Tactical and Support Operations.

For more information about the divisions within this Bureau, click on the links below:

   -Cold Cases

   -Child Abuse

   -Domestic Abuse

Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Adkins

Assistant Chief of Police, Commander of the Bureau of Investigation & Support

Lt. Col. Al Adkins was sworn in as a commissioned police officer on May 5, 1980. He began his career with the Department serving in the Ninth District, Eighth District, FAST Unit, Mobile Reserve and Homicide.

In April of 1989, Lt. Col. Adkins was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he served in the Sixth District and as the Section Supervisor of the Homicide Division.

Lt. Col. Adkins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in July of 1993. He worked in the Eighth, Second and Sixth Districts. He also served as the Area III Executive Officer.

In June of 2000, Lt. Col. Adkins was promoted to the rank of Captain. During his time as a Captain he served as the Commander of the Mobile Reserve/Canine Unit and as the Commander of the Sixth District.

Lt. Col. Adkins attained the rank of Major in November of 2003 and served as Deputy Commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations for three years. Lt. Col. Adkins then served as the Commander of the North Patrol Division for two years. In this capacity he oversaw the 2007 & 2008 North Patrol Gun Buy Back Programs. He also formed a partnership with the American Red Cross during his time as Commander of the North Patrol and continues to facilitate the Department’s blood drives.

Lt. Col. Adkins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in January of 2009. He served as the Commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Support until March of 2011 when he assumed his current position.

Throughout his distinguished career at the Department, Lt. Col. Adkins has received five Chief’s Letters of Commendation and 23 Captain’s Letters for exceptional performance. He has been the Officer of the Month for the Eighth and Ninth Districts, the Ethical Society of Police Commander of the Year (2000), the Omega Man of the Year (2007), and received the G. Wade Granberry Humanitarian Award (2007).

Lt. Col. Adkins has a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts from National Louis University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Lt. Col. Adkins is the son of retired Lt. Col. Leroy Adkins, also of the Metropolitan Police Department. Department history suggests they are the only father-son team to attain this rank and to have served as the Bureau Commander for Criminal Investigations. Lt. Col. Adkins’ wife Stephanie is the owner of Gift Baskets Etc., LLC.

Lt. Col. Adkins is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., where he oversees Membership Intake for the local chapter. He is also a board member of the Upsilon Omega Foundation and a mentor for the Omega Squires, a youth group designed to build character and respect in young men. He is a founding member of the Blue Knights MOVIII Chapter. He is a member of the Ethical Society of Police (E.S.O.P.), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the NAACP. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.