Alexandria City Council appointed the seven-person Alexandria Community Policing Review Board in 2021 to provide oversight of the Alexandria Police Department. The board started meeting at the beginning of 2022, but it quickly became clear that the board needed the support of an independent auditor/investigator if it was going to be successful in its mandate.
The City of Alexandria partnered with POLIHIRE to identify a leader who could take on this inaugural role, and in October 2022, the Alexandria City Council approved the appointment of Kim Neal as the new Independent Policing Auditor. Kim is responsible for leading the effort to conduct independent investigations of complaints, serious incidents, and will make recommendations on policing practices, policies, and procedures. She will also serve as the liaison to the independent Community Policing Review Board.
Kim comes to Alexandria from Fort Worth, Texas, where she served as the city’s first Police Oversight Director/Monitor. In this role, she led efforts to create systems to monitor complaint investigations and commendations regarding local law enforcement, and uses of force, audit body-worn camera footage and law enforcement policies and procedures, conduct regular community engagement activities to improve police-community relations, and identify patterns and trends of citizen complaints and incidents. With her track record not just in police monitoring and oversight but also in standing up these organizations, Kim received the unanimous support of Alexandria City Council.
POLIHIRE congratulates Kim and looks forward to all that she will contribute to the City of Alexandria’s goal of building and maintaining an effective, equitable, and accountable public safety operation.