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Welcome to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) Division. The ABI functions as the investigative branch of the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) and is one of six divisions of the Department. The ABI provides investigation services in support of other members of the criminal justice system in Alabama. In addition to criminal investigations, the ABI also delivers several other services through the various components of the division such as the Latent Print Unit, and Hazardous Devices Unit (Bomb Squad) to assist our partners in the law enforcement community. The ABI is not a first responder agency and investigations are conducted upon request by a criminal justice agency. Members of the ABI also provide law enforcement services for operations with the other DPS divisions, such as in times of natural disaster and other special details.

Help Eliminate Law-breaking Pushers (H.E.L.P.) and ABI Crime Tip Line
At the ABI, we realize how valuable the assistance from members of the community can be in providing quality investigation services and help us catch criminals. If you want to report illegal drug activity or give any other information on criminal activity, please contact the ABI Crime and Tip Line. Their toll-free phone number can be found on the ABI Division Contact Page. If you wish, your information will be confidential.

ABI Credo
  • The ABI is deeply committed to the accomplishment of a superior quality investigation in the quest for truth and provide high quality assistance in support of the criminal justice system.
  • It is the goal of the ABI to maintain a position of leadership among our partners in the law enforcement community and all stakeholders by providing the highest quality of service, courtesy, and protection.
  • The ABI is dedicated to the tenets of the DPS canons of ethics while calling for its members to exhibit the highest standards of professionalism, honor, and integrity at all times.
  • The ABI holds in high regard the acquisition of knowledge and therefore, all members will pursue professional excellence by maintaining maximum levels of expertise in the performance of their duties.
  • The people of the ABI are our most precious resource and will be provided dignity, fairness, and respect in all matters.

Alabama Bureau of Investigation

Captain Clay Barnes
Acting Division Chief

Alabama Bureau of Investigation Division

Alabama Department of Public Safety
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